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2nd Party City murder suspect surrenders to police

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A man wanted for capital murder and robbery in Ridgeland surrendered to police Monday morning.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Archie is accused in the Oct. 26 murder of Ridgeland Party City manager Robert "Bobby" Adams.

Archie's family called a press conference Monday morning at Stronger Hope Baptist Church on Beasley Road in Jackson.

Jackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance said the pastor of the church alerted police to the news conference.

David Archie, Joshua Archie's uncle, addressed the media across the street from the church and requested that Archie be held in the downtown Jackson jail and be placed under suicide watch.

"He's afraid, we don't know what he's going to do. We don't know what the situation is because before talking to the other family members of mine, they was telling me he was going through some stuff," said David Archie.

After David Archie addressed the media, he waved police over to take Joshua Archie into custody. Joshua Archie didn't speak to the media.

David Archie says he spoke with family members to try and convince Joshua Archie to turn himself in to police.

Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said Joshua Archie would be taken to the Madison County jail.

Houston said his department got "good, solid evidence" late last week to implicate Joshua Archie.

"I will tell you there is sufficient evidence, as far as I'm concerned, but I will tell you it's still left up to a jury of his peers," Houston told David Archie.

Joshua Archie will appear before a judge in Madison County within 48 hours.

Another man, 22-year-old Undra Ward who was a Party City employee, was arrested Sunday morning in the case.

Houston says he feels confident in the evidence found. Surveillance video gave investigators clues as to who might have been behind the violent armed robbery.

"It didn't look strange, it looked mighty suspicious to us from the very beginning," Houston said of the video.

Houston says Ridgeland police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the Party City homicide investigation.  

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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