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Charges upgraded to capital murder for fifth suspect in shooting death of MSU student

Syboris A. Pippins Source: Starkville PD Syboris A. Pippins Source: Starkville PD
Jalen Barker - Source: Starkville PD Jalen Barker - Source: Starkville PD
Tyler Harris - Source: Starkville PD Tyler Harris - Source: Starkville PD
Brandon Sherrod - Source: Starkville PD Brandon Sherrod - Source: Starkville PD
Jamario Pippins - Source: Starkville PD Jamario Pippins - Source: Starkville PD
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -

Charges have been upgraded for one suspect in the robbery and murder of an MSU student over the weekend.

18-year-old Syboris A. Pippins, from Columbus, was arrested and charged with robbery on Tuesday by the U.S. Marshal Task Force. On Thursday, his robbery charge was upgraded to capital murder with a bond of $2 million.

On Sunday, four men were arrested in connection with the death of 21-year-old Joseph Tillman, who was found shot in a yard in Starkville Sunday. 

Tillman, a senior marketing major from the Delta town of Schlater, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Starkville's Cotton District. Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt says an ambulance was called around 2:30 a.m. to Maxwell Street near the StaggerIn Sports Grill.

According to Hunt, the body was found in the yard of a home that apparently had been converted into apartments.  

He says the body has been sent off for an autopsy.

20-year-old Jaylen M. Barker has been charged with murder and possession of a stolen firearm. His bond is set at $2,025,000.

22-year-old Jamario Pippins, 16-year-old Tyler Harris and 19-year-old Brandon Sherrod were also charged with murder as an accessory, each with a bond of $500,000.

Sherrod, who was charged with murder as an accessory, bonded out on Monday with a $500,000 bond.

Authorities say that all four men are from Columbus/Lowndes County.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Unit was called in to process the scene. The U. S Marshal Task Force, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi State Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

MSU spokesman Sid Salter says the university is shocked and is grieving over the student's loss. Students and staff are being offered counseling through MSU'S student counseling center.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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