Madison murder suspect remains jailed - - Jackson, MS

Suspect in slaying of JSU department head remains jailed

MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man remains in the Madison County Jail after his initial court appearance. Melvin Joshua Potts is charged with the brutal murder of a Jackson State University Department chairman Dr. Garrick Shelton.

Wednesday the 20-year-old stood before Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks. It was one week after Shelton was found fatally stabbed in his Harris Lane home. He could face life in the state prison if convicted.

According to investigators, cell phone records indicate Potts was one of the last people to make contact with Shelton, who was found in a pool of blood on his Madison home.

After court, one of Potts upset relatives said this was a case of self defense, involving drugs, and that the whole story was not being told.

"Too many of our black males are falling victim to these type of things," said Shelton Family Minister Pastor Matthew Canada. "We lose one in violence, then we lose another one to the system,  so it's a lose-lose situation. At some point this stuff has to stop."

Funeral services for Dr. Garrick Shelton will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Madison.

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