Grandson charged with grandparents brutal killings - - Jackson, MS


Grandson charged with grandparents brutal killings

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The man being charged with his grandparents' murder could face the death penalty. Seventy-nine year-old Robert Faries and his wife Peggy were shot and stabbed to death. Rankin County Investigators have charged their 22 year old grandson with the killings.

The Greenfield Community in Rankin County is in shock after learning of the brutal killings. In less than 12 hours Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells us their grandson Zachary Stanford was charged with their murders.

"While the investigation was ongoing we had learned that Magee Police had stopped the grandson who is from the coast, from Ocean Springs, had made a traffic stop on him for careless driving in Magee," said Sheriff Bryan Bailey. "When they stopped him he had blood all over his clothes and had a pistol in the car and a knife in the car."

Magee Police put out a BOLO. That's when Rankin County Investigators were able to make the connection between the Faries' death and the evidence found in Stanford's car.

"The blood that was collected from the defendants vehicle, the weapon that was collected, all of those things will be sent to the state crime lab," said District Attorney Michael Guest. "We believe that will provide us the evidence of course linking this defendant to these crimes."

Stanford's mother, Suzette Faries Breland, who is the daughter of Robert and Peggy, is the special master in Jackson County Chancery Court on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is also running for Jackson County Justice Court Judge. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Breland had reported her son missing Tuesday night when he never returned home from work.

"His mental state," added Bailey. "He is alert, he's aware."

Sheriff Bailey said investigators spent the day interviewing him and Stanford is willing to give a statement. Right now investigators have not determined the motive.

Stanford is charged with two counts of murder and could face the death penalty. He will have his initial court appearance Thursday morning in Rankin County Court.

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