Murder Arrests

It was shortly after 5 PM Sunday when authorities were alerted about the shooting..

'The location is near some houses, so we had a call about it just almost immediately after it happened,' says Wayne County investigator, Kevin Stevens.

Once on the scene investigators say 32-year-old Willie Figures was discovered shot once. He was found sitting in the driver's seat with his vehicle still in drive and his foot on the brake.

Within less than 48 hours, Wayne County deputies arrested 18-year-old Karicus Lewis and 17-year-old Jamal Pou. Both are students at Wayne County High School.

'Right now both have been charged with capitol murder and armed robbery,' says Investigator Cynthia Terrel with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. 'Bond was denied on the capitol murder charge and $50,000 bond was set for the armed robbery charge.'

An interesting thing about this case is that it happened in the Pleasant Grove Community on Matherville-Diamond Road, where the two suspects and the victim all lived. In fact, one of the suspects lives just yards away from where the discovery was made.

After the two arrests were made, Wayne County authorities retrieved the weapon that is thought to have been used. Investigators say the victim and two suspects knew each other and that robbery is thought to have been the motive.

'This case being solved was a result of the community feeding us information. A lot of support came from the community,' says Investigator Stevens.

At this time no other arrests are expected. As for the suspects' cases, they are expected to go before a grand jury June 25th. If indicted and their cases go to trial, both could face the death penalty


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  • by TRUTH Location: FROM ABOVE on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    GOD SAID NO MAN KNOWS THE TIME NOR HOUR SO WHY DO YOU ALL QUESTION GOD WORK..... EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR A REASON.....FOR HE GIVETH & TAKES AWAY DONT MATTER ABOUT RACE RELIGION AGE GENDER ETC.....ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS ARE JUST A LIFE CYCLE THAT ADVANCE OVER YEARS.....SO JUST PUT ALL YOUR TRUST IN GOD
  • by disturbed Location: Al/Ms on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
    Senseless death should not be made to endorse political views nor be categorized by any ethnicity. No win in situations like this..Three people and three families have had dramatic change in their lives. Don't think for one min that the shoe couldn't be on other foot. The devil is busy and don't care who you are, as long as you are human and of little faith; he always knocking at your door...
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      by Strong Black Woman on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM in reply to disturbed
      you are an idiot
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    In high school and doing murder. Must have had great parents.
  • by Questioning Location: Meridian on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
    How in the world have we gotten to the place where human life is held in such little esteem--that it is unimportant? That these 2 were students in a nearby school system is frightening. Awful things are happening in and out of our homes, schools, and businesses. These are scary times for sure.
  • by D Location: Meridian on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    It's a sad situation, but we should judge not. Please pray for the young men and for their families. We don't ever know what our kids will get caught up in. All we can do is pray for them.
  • by just my $0.02 Location: Stonewall on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    I honestly think that if one murders another human being it shouldn't be "may face the death penalty" I believe it should be "WILL face the death penalty"
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      by Debra on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:05 PM in reply to just my $0.02
      I agree with you. They should take them right to the death penalty not a wait in jail are prison. They didn't give this person they killed a Choice then want taxpayer to pay there overhead for there crime they commited that is why America is broke and have so many evil people now.
  • by Reader on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    They have thrown their lives away by taking someone else's life. Simply a waste. Don't even have a High School education. Going to prision and for what ???? a few pennies, if that .
  • by Strong Black Woman Location: Philadelphia on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    Imagine that... 2 little democrat thugs with stupid names. Too bad they didn't get shot.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    Thank goodness that Barbour is gone!. He would just pardon them.
  • by cw on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    they shoulda brought the body to meridian
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