Bond denied for man accused of the murder of Ruth Helen Harrion - - Jackson, MS

Bond denied for man accused of the murder of Ruth Helen Harrion

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -


The man arrested for the brutal murder of 67-year-old Ruth Helen Harrion went before a judge on Tuesday and was denied bond.

29-year-old Alonzo Stewart is charged with capital murder.

Authorities say he lived a few houses away from Harrion in the Bel-Air Subdivision in Northwest Jackson. 

Stewart left court without responding to reporters questions. He will be back in court in two weeks for a preliminary hearing.

Monday morning Precinct 3 officers arrested Stewart for an attempted house burglary on Montebello Drive. 

He was then named as the prime suspect in the capital murder case of Harrion. 

Interim JPD Chief Lee Vance says Stewart confessed to killing Harrion and told investigators where he ditched the gun.

JPD recruits were called in and after an extensive search, the murder weapon was found.

Hinds county court records also reveal more about Stewart's criminal past, which includes multiple charges, that date back to 2002.

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He served over a year in jail for possession of cocaine.

He was also charged with receiving stolen property, and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

In 2010, Stewart was ordered by a judge to attend alcohol and drug treatment, and to continue treatment for mental illness.

I talked to his family members today who say he has battled problems with mental illness since he graduated from high school.

They also say he's a non-violent person, and they're struggling to understand how he could be involved in the murder.

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