A man from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, killed a man wanted for questioning in another murder case. Now, he heads to prison for life.
Last week, 12th Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich handed Kedrick Tevon Lee, 24, a life sentence without the possibility of parole in prison for the shooting death of Tedarron Price.
Lee was found guilty and convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and tampering with physical evidence as a habitual offender.
Hattiesburg police responded to a distress call at a residence on Edwards Street on May 27, 2020. When they arrived, they found Price suffering from multiple gunshot wounds as he lay in the parking lot. The victim was rushed to Forrest General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
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“This was a brutal shooting, with the victim have a total of thirteen gunshot wounds. I would like to commend the Hattiesburg Police Department for their excellent investigation on this case.”, said District Attorney Lin Carter, according to WDAM.
Investigators got surveillance video footage from a package store close to where Price was found. In the video, investigators were able to identify Lee as the shooter. As a result, the defendant was arrested three days later.
In addition, Lee’s mother, Jacinta James, 53, was charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension. Five other individuals, including Micharlos James,31, and Amber Lee, 21, who are the defendant’s siblings, were also arrested in connection to the homicide, reported Hattiesburg American.
In an odd twist, Price was a person of interest with another individual in an unrelated murder. Last year officers responded to the 110 Block of Franklin Street, where the body of 28-year-old Rhakim James, reported WDAM.
It’s not clear if Lee’s motive for Price’s slaying was related to Rhakim James’ homicide.
Helfrich handed Lee an additional 20 years in prison for the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and tampering with physical evidence as a habitual offender.
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