Man Charged with Murder at Scott County Party

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on property in Morton, owned by the head of the Republican Party in Scott County. According to investigators, just hours before the shooting suspect had graduated from college.

According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, about 7 people had gathered at 5125 Highway 481 South, property owned by Scott County Republican Party leader, Jim Marler, to watch a boxing match.

According to the sheriff, the suspect, 22-year-old Timothy Joseph Patterson shot 28-year-old Michael Lee Guy at least twice at close range with a 9 millimeter handgun. One of the shots was to the head. The others at the gathering were fired upon as well.

According to the sheriff, the suspect has confessed to the shooting but says he blacked out when it happened.

Lee said alcohol is believed to be involved, but an investigation continues into the motive.

"The suspect pretty much says he does not know why and he does not give a motive for why the shooting occurred," said Sheriff Lee.

Lee said rumors that the shooting was politically motivated are completely false.

"All the victims, the suspect, the witnesses, are all in their young 20s. They could care less about the actual politics and what is going on," Lee said.

Patterson graduated from Belhaven University May 8, the day before the shooting. He is now charged with murder, and could face life in prison.


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  • by James Location: Scott County on Jan 15, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Well, if the murder was not politically driven, then why have Representative Tracy Arinder (D-Scott County) been subpoenaed to testify about the matter as well the altercation that happened less than an hour before the shooting occured? Sounds kinda fishy...I think there is more than what meets the eye to this story and I strongly think that Andrea should follow-up on this story at the trial that will be Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the Scott County Courthouse!!!
  • by Jamie Location: Jackson on Sep 15, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    I have been reading the posts listed here and just wanted to say that I knew both men and I feel sorry for both families involved. They BOTH need our prayers and concerns. But most importantly, who cares about politics in this? The question SHOULD NOT be about a political party, the questions hould be WHY the heck do people stay out drinking all hours of the night? If there is any lesson learned here, I hope that it shows that NOTHING good comes from having parties that least over 11:00 PM at night. I have never seen a positive result come from parties such as these. WE need to teach our youth this and pray that they learn how to have good, clean fun because drugs and alcohol ARE destroying the whole world everywhere! I feel sorry for all families, but let's teach our kids that NO GOOD comes after 11:00 at night, unless it's a holiday. We need to stay strong and protect our kids!
  • by DianeKP Location: MS on May 17, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    Yes, Joe. I grew up in rural MS and now live in "town." It may amaze you to learn that I have always worn shoes and have always had an indoor bathroom. Live and learn, I guess.
  • by joe Location: jackson on May 17, 2010 at 03:37 AM
    Strange situation; my immediate reaction: overcome with joy that internet has become a widespread phenomena in rural areas of MS.
  • by DianeKP Location: MS on May 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Yes. BOTH families needed to be in our prayers. The alleged shooter could have been drugged without his knowledge. We don't know that yet. He also leaves behind a grieving family and many grieving friends. Both of these families have sustained a great loss and we should not pre-judge what exactly happened. It will all come out; we just have to be patient.
  • by Ashley Location: Brandon, Ms on May 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    No one knows what happened in the shooter's mind. That is a fact. The point is that he was intoxicated and no one knows whether or not he took anything else and therefore he didnt know anything at the time. HOWEVER after speaking with an attorney he may have been advised to say he "BLACKED OUT" this could lessen a sentence. There are so many assumptions in this case and no one needs to pass judgement. IT TERRIBLE, that poor family and little girl has to say goodbye to her daddy with no real understanding or reasoning. We just have to pray for the families of both involved and know that GOD IS OUR VINDICATOR.
  • by seriously on May 13, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Seriously people you are worried about the politics in this case. What the Heck is wrong with you all! Michael Lee was a wonderful person, a great friend and a loving father. His child now has to grow up without her dad because some stupid person shot and killed him in cold blood for no reason. Please lets keep The Guy family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers. I have a child myself and I can't image the pain The Guy family is going through. I knew Michael and Loved him very much and knew that he always carried a smile on his face. He will be missed by many and loved by all that knew him. So stop with this politic talk and pray for his family and friends.
  • by Do You Even KNOW Them? Location: Scott County on May 12, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    What is so ironic is how everyone wants to post their opinion but how many actually know that Micheal Lee was actually a wonderful person? Why don't you quit wondering about politics for one second and grow a HEART! This is what America has started lacking! God bless the family of Micheal Lee, may Gob bring peace on your hearts and souls at this time...Our PRAYERS are with you!
  • by David Location: Meridian on May 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    To Can do: I think that you need to get a life and also learn how to spell. The truth is that one man shot another man, period! It does not matter what political party the land owner is affiliated with. I think that you are the one that does not need to listen to the news. I seriously doubt that you even know what the real truth is. You just listen and read and never check things out for yourself to see if the facts are straight or not. Bubba is right, God is not going to ask what party we were when we were alive. If Andrea is going to do her job, then she needs to do it without bias!
  • by can do Location: Mississippi on May 12, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    don`t try to blame this on Andera she just doing her job, you sound silly David get a life or don`t read are listen to the news if it hurt you that much bout the truth.
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