Rankin County murder suspects are no strangers to a courtroom
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Capital Murder case involving the execution-style murder of a Rankin County woman will take a step forward tomorrow. The suspects arrested over the weekend will appear in court Tuesday morning, and this will not be the first time for the two suspects to face a judge.
Thirty-seven-year-old Leslie Olivia Sheppard Doame was aroused from sleep in her Rankin County home last Tuesday. The two men who allegedly broke in on her did not expect anyone to be at the house on Star Road, south of Brandon.
She was killed by a gun shot to the back of the head. The murder sparked a multi-agency investigation that culminated in the arrest of two men early Saturday morning.
"We pretty much drove up on them and got out on them fast enough and quick enough where there was no incident at the time of the arrest" said Bryan Bailey, Rankin County Undersheriff.
Thirty-six-year-old Walter D. Burton and 30-year-old Jermaine A. Tyler have been charged with capital murder, which means if convicted they could face the death penalty.
Both men have criminal records and Burton had just been released from prison last July.
Tyler served one year of a five year sentence after he was convicted of burglary in 2010.
Burton on the other hand has a 17-year criminal history beginning in 1994. That's when he was convicted on grand larceny, a charge he was also convicted of in 1996.
He was convicted of burglary and robbery in 2000 and in 2002 he was convicted of armed robbery.
Burton and Tyler will face a judge at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning at which time a judge will consider bond for the men. However, prosecutors say bond is unlikely
"This being a capital case, we feel that they are, one a danger to the community because of the nature of the crime and also they are extreme flight risks" said Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest.
Police have sent several pieces of evidence to the crime lab for processing.
"We did recover a weapon at the time of the arrest" added Bailey. "Both individuals were transported back to Rankin County along with the evidence and again its been a steady progress on the investigation all weekend long."
Burton and Tyler will appear in Rankin County Court at nine a.m. Tuesday morning.
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