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DNA clears man charged with homeless woman’s murder

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In December the body of a homeless woman was found at a camp site in the woods in Jackson.

The Hinds County District Attorney's Office has now dropped the charges against the man arrested for her murder.

Now some wonder if a killer still on the loose?

"I went and reported this crime," said James Coker from the back of a J.P.D. patrol car in late December.

The then 50 year old Coker professed his innocence after being arrested for the murder of Connie Stubbs.

Seven months later DNA evidence cleared him of the charges.

Coker was accused of killing the 52 year old woman whose body was found at a homeless camp site in the woods near I-20 and Gallatin Street.

"He had blood on him and he also had scratches and other marks, as if he had just been in an altercation," said Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio. "When they went to talk to him more about it, he asked for his attorney."

Rogillio said recent DNA results revealed that the blood found on Coker's shirt belonged to a man and evidence found beneath Stubbs' fingernails did not match Coker's DNA.

"I don't want to see an innocent man sit in jail," said Stubbs' daughter 30 year old Brandy Stubbs. "I did not believe Mr. Coker was guilty of the charges."

Meanwhile questions remain about who murdered Stubbs.

Jackson Police said she lived in a tent in the woods beside the Petro Truck Stop.

She died of blunt force trauma to the head.

A gash was discovered on the left side of her head.

"One of our other witnesses who may have been a suspect we don't know that, but he is since deceased," said the Assistant D.A.

Rogillio was then asked if the other witness was her boyfriend who had reportedly been violent in the past.

"Well he was actually one of the ones that was also living at the camp and that's probably as far as I need to go at this point," answered the Hinds County attorney.

Investigators said Coker had a previous record and did not initially cooperate with police.

WLBT has learned that he was friends with Stubbs and had gone to visit her in the camp when he discovered her body.

WLBT was unable to reach James Coker for comment.

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