Harrion family seeks answers in mother's killing - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Harrion family seeks answers in mother's killing

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Alonzo Stewart will now stand trial for killing 67-year-old Ruth Helen Harrion March 16th in Hinds County. Twenty-nine year old Stewart pleaded not guilty to capital murder and attempted house burglary charges inside the Hinds County Courthouse Friday.

Emotions ran raw as 29 year old Alonzo Stewart stood in front of the the victim's family pleading not guilty to killing 67 year old Harrion.

"It's senseless," said Angela Harrion, the victim's daughter. "And to come with a not guilty. And we need answers."

Hours before Harrion was found dead outside her home she called 911 telling dispatch there was a prowler around her house. Jackson Police went to her Kingsroad Avenue home, however officers never made contact with Harrion and left the scene.

"She called for help from 911. They did not keep her on the phone," said Karla Harrion Lewis, another daughter. "The police did not do what they were supposed to do to their best ability to keep her safe."

Harrion's family is still very emotional and outraged by the sequence of events that unfolded that early July morning, and still frustrated that JPD has not responded to their questions about the investigation.

"We want answers," said Melanie Johnson, another daughter of the victim. "We want to know why this happened."

The family's attorney, Dennis Sweet, says the family has filed a notice of claim in hopes of getting some answers from the city.

"No one has told this family why it happened. What actions are being taken and what's going to occur," said Sweet. "They've been forced to file a notice of claim and we've reviewed it and if we don't hear anything soon, if they don't try and do something for this family we are going to file a lawsuit."

Stewart is accused of strangling, beating and shooting Helen Harrion to death. Jackson Police say he confessed to killing Harrion and led detectives to the murder weapon.

"We don't ever want another family to go through this horrible, horrible crime and the pain we've gone through," added Johnson.

JPD has admitted proper protocol was not followed during this case. We reached out to the Jackson Police Department for comment, they referred us to the city's legal department. Our calls have not yet been returned.

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