Mother of victim recalls the moments surrounding son's death

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Blood stains are still in the front yard of the home on Prisock Road in Lauderdale County where Willie Sturdivant was shot and killed, allegedly by 20-year-old Jimmy Johnson, Tuesday afternoon.

His mother, Bessie Sturdivant, recalls that terrifying moment.

“We fled down the road trying to get him to the hospital but he was bleeding out so bad. I had to grab a sheet to try to stop the bleeding," Sturdivant said.

Willie Sturdivant died at the Toomsuba Fire Department before medical help could arrive.

The accused shooter and his alleged getaway driver, Janetta Lard,
who the victim's mother says was her son's ex-girlfriend, were arrested hours later in Meridian.

“We were notified that he was at that residence and wanted to turn himself in," Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said. "The female driving the car had left that area. A Meridian police officer saw that vehicle inside the city of Meridian.”

Sheriff Sollie says this isn’t the first time Johnson has been in trouble with the law. He pleaded guilty in 2016 to an attempted murder charge and didn’t serve much of his original 20 year sentence.

“Eighteen years of that was suspended," Sheriff Sollie said. "He was given time credit for his time in our facility and was released.”

Bessie Sturdivant says she'll always remember her son as a good and loving person.

Johnson's bond is set at $100,000 and Lard's is $20,000.