Mason Perry Jones has been charged with Capital Murder in the shooting death of a Mississippi State University student from Madison. U. S. Marshals arrested him Sunday night in Memphis on a separate armed robbery warrant out of Jackson. Monday night, he was being held in the Oktibbeha County jail.
MSU officials confirm the underlying offense of the Capital Murder charge is the sale of a controlled substance.
Jones, of Jackson was arrested by U. S. Marshals and Shelby County, Tennessee deputies at the Greyhound Bus Station.
The shooting victim, 21-year-old John Sanderson, went all the way through the school system in Madison, but graduated from the Educational Center in Jackson.
"You anticipate losing relatives as they get up in age. You never anticipate accidents, but what you don't consciously prepare for is losing your child, especially in a way such as this" said Frank Patton, Sanderson's step father. "I haven't fully got my hands around it and I don't know if I ever will, but I know that its not something that is ever going to go away."
Patton, a recently retired Army National Guard helicopter pilot, also shared with us some of what police told him when they came to notify him of the death early Sunday morning.
"There were three individuals in the room; my son and two other guys, and that they did go out the window when John opened the door and was shot but it was on the first floor" said Patton. "I don't know whether someone sustained injuries from the blast or the fall or whatever."
Sanderson went to Holmes Community College and was classified as a first year junior at Mississippi State. He was studying to be a photo journalist.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt does not expect preliminary autopsy results on Sanderson until Tuesday morning.
Two other suspects in the shooting remain at large. The investigation is continuing.
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