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Murder suspect in Kemper case found dead in jail cell

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 7:22 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Kemper County homicide investigation into the July 15 shooting death of Trent Clemmons, 29, has taken another turn.

The 17-year-old that was charged with first degree murder in the case was found dead in his jail cell at the Kemper County Jail Sunday evening around 8:00 p.m.

Two other people are facing accessory after-the-fact to murder charges, Michael Robinson, 25, and Isaiah Dixon, 19. Sheriff James Moore says everyone involved is related.

“We still have to go on with the case that we have. It doesn’t excuse the fact that these two brothers were accessories after the fact to murder. They still have to have their day in court,” Moore says.

Moore says the suspected triggerman never displayed signs that he wanted to harm himself and that’s why he was not put on suicide.

“To be fair to the person that’s deceased, we need to get everybody that’s involved in this. We are going to continue to work to do that. If we find evidence to prove that others are involved, then we will certainly charge them, as well,” Moore says.

The death of the primary suspect further complicates an already complex case. The Kemper County Sheriff’s Department, Neshoba Co. Sheriff’s Department, Choctaw Police Department and the FBI are all involved because the crime took place over several jurisdictions.

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