New details revealed in gas station homicide case - - Jackson, MS

New details revealed in gas station homicide case

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friends who knew Teletha Burks said she was a hard-working single mother who would do anything for her four children.

Burks, 37, died shortly after being shot multiple times at a Jackson gas station Thursday night.

Investigators believe Kendrick Bell, 28, shot her multiple times at point-blank range.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said a preliminary examination revealed Burks had been shot in the head, neck and chest: five wounds in all.

Motive remains the biggest question here.

"All she talked about was her children," said Melanie Anderson, a friend of Burks. "She was a really good person. I had just gotten through talking to her a few days ago."

Last year, Burks served as a freelance caregiver at Peach Tree Village, an assisted-living facility in Brandon, one of several jobs she held to support her four children.

Anderson knew Burks from her freelance work there, but didn't know how Bell fit into the picture.

"If she had any kind of problems, she never said anything about it," Anderson said.

Investigators are still working on that as well.

"We haven't established a motive in that particular case, but we made an arrest less than an hour after the incident occurred," Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said.

Commander Tyree Jones said they've been able to rule two things out regarding the connection between Burks and Bell: the shooting wasn't random and wasn't a robbery.

That means to some degree, the two knew each other.

Burks is the fourth woman shot and killed in the Capital City since 2016 began.

"Certainly we feel bad about the loss of life here. Another senseless death. We got a lot to do to put a curb in this violent season, so to speak, that we've been experiencing these last four or five weeks," Vance said.

Bell remains charged with one count of murder, one count of shooting in an occupied vehicle and one count of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Police questioned and released the female driver after detaining her Thursday night.

Jones said she will not be charged because she was not aware Bell had shot anyone because some sort of suppressor was used to silence the shots.

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