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Madison Police investigate murder of JSU professor

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Madison Police continue to investigate the murder of a Jackson State University department chairman. Family members say the victim is 37-year-old Dr. Garrick Shelton, chair of Developmental Enhancement Studies, at Jackson State.

Shelton was found dead in the home on Harris Lane, off Madison Avenue, just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. A family member was checking on him because he had not shown up for work.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland confirms that Shelton's manner of death was a homicide, but he would not release any specifics about how he died.

Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrop described the crime scene as a "bloody" one.

Officials at Jackson State say that Shelton was well respected in his department, and across the campus.

"He was passionate about his work, passionate about students," said JSU spokesman Eric STringfellow. "He was a great colleague just a great advocate for the University. We're saddened deeply by this loss. He'll be missed."

Madison Police contacted the MBI Crime Scene Unit for help.

Authorities have found the victim's car, a black 2013 Chevy Malibu, unoccupied in the parking lot of the Addison Place Apartments located at 3175 Robinson Road.

The vehicle has been seized and is being held for evidence processing.

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