MPD Files Charge in Stabbing Death

Meridian police are investigating the death of a man who was found in a yard in the 1900 block of 20th Avenue Sunday. It was reported through a 911 call about 9 a.m.

Police say an autopsy confirmed 50-year-old Joe Cecil Blanks of Meridian suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper chest and abdomen, one of which struck the heart.

Monday, the MPD said Jerome Williams, 37, has been charged with manslaughter in Blanks' death. Williams had turned himself in Sunday, several hours after Blanks was found. Williams' bond was set at $100,000.


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  • by NONYA on Mar 25, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    AND YOU ARE RIGHT LORETTA THE WHITES GET BUSTED FOR RUNNING THE METH LABS AND THE BLACKS FOR SELLING CRACK AND THE CRACK IS SOLD TO WHITES AND TO BLACKS, THE COCAINE IS SOLD BY WHITES AND BY BLACKS ...AND WHAT ABOUT ALL THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.... WHO CARES IF THE PEOPLE ARE WHITE ARE BLACK OR WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER AND HELP RAISE THE NEXT GENERATION TO STOP BEING SO RACIST AND ALWAYS POINTING FINGERS....FYI THE COMMENT I MADE WAS TO MAKE THE POINT WHITES AND BLACKS CAN SIT AROUND POINTING THERE FINGERS ALL DAY WRONG AND IT MAKES YOU JUST AS WRONG FOR JUDGING THE WHITES AS IT DOES THE WHITES FOR JUDGING THE BLACKS.
  • by Chelle Location: Dekalb on Mar 25, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    This is a-typical news, someone gets killed over drugs. We hear this same story every day. If these folks (white or black or whatever) would spend as much time trying to work, go to church and take care of their families as they do sitting on their behinds and looking for ways to get drugs, it would be a different world!!
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Mar 24, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    White people are quick to say black people sell drugs and do drugs,but somehow those are the very ones alway getting busted for running a meth lab.
  • by Mack Location: America on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Where do people get off judging without all the facts. TO Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:17 PM what PROOF do you have that either of these GENTLEMEN was looking for government handouts. MOTHER AGAINST DRUGS USERS AND DRUG DEALERS Location: MERIDIAN EAST SIDE on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:45 PM what proof do you have that either of these GENTLEMEN was involved in the drug trade.
  • by MOTHER AGAINST DRUGS USERS AND DRUG DEALERS Location: MERIDIAN EAST SIDE on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    IF THESE GUY'S WOULD WORK AND NOT USE DRUGS ARE SELL THEM, THIS WOULD HAVE NOT HAPPEN. MR. BLANKS HAVE BEEN IN AND OUT OF JAIL AND PRISON MAYBE HALF THIS LIFE AND WAS STILL ON DRUGS AS FOR MR. WILLIAMS I UNDERSTAND THIS WAS A DRUG BUY GONE BAD. THIS CHARGE IS ONLY A SLAP ON HIS HAND. SOMETHING REALLY NEED TO BE DONE WITH THE DRUG USERS AND DEALERS IN MERIDIAN.
  • by rooster Location: Meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    Mr. Williams employment status is merely that of a career criminal. Our Criminal Justice system is so weak that we have hundreds of Jerome Williams roaming our streets here in Meridian thanks to the lack of funding for law enforcement and the weak liberal style judges that are infecting our system.
  • by tashay Location: meridian.ms on Mar 22, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    I knew the victim, i will forever love and miss my uncle joe...........i dont think justice is being served by only chaging this man with manslaughter.it will only result in more people thinking that they can get away with murder! for what ever reason he killed my uncle, i know it wasnt worth it, this man has cause my family soooooooo much grief and pain. we are suffering a lost that will morn us forever.not only have we lost someone we love very dearly, but this man has proven to society once again how blacks kill blacks. is this a world we really want to raise our kids in?! then to top it all off, he only gets manslaughter, so the D A system just let young blacks think..hey its ok to kill, take someones brother, father, uncle, you wont get much time!!!!!!! to this jerome character, I SPIT ON YOU......U BETTER PRAY THAT GOD HAS MERCY ON UR SOUL!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    What a shame...And these are some of the same people who look for government handouts. What a pitty
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