16-year-old wanted in Batesville murder, 1 in custody

By: Lauren Coleman

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Batesville, Miss. - UPDATE: The Panola County Cororner has identified the victim as 33-year-old Roary Thomas.

The suspect in custody has been identified as 18-year-old Nakia Lamar. He is facing a capital murder charge. 

The sheriff's office tells FOX13 a warrant has been issued for 16-year-old Cordarius Strong, and he will be charged as an adult when taken into custody. 

Cordarius Strong is pictured on the left. Nakia Lamar is pictured on the right. 

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FOX13 has confirmed with the District Attorney John Champion one person is in custody for capital murder. 

He said this is still and active and ongoing investigation. 

A woman who didn't want to be identified said she's tired of the violence in her Batesville neighborhood. 

She said a man was shot and killed in her driveway Thursday afternoon. 

"It's just really bad because this is the second killing they my son had to see and he's only ten," she said. 

According to Batesville Police Chief Jimmy McLoud, police received a call of shots being fired on the 100 block of Bradford around 2 p.m. near Hoskins Road in Batesville, Mississippi. 

When officers arrived to the scene they found a man dead in his car. 

The witness said she didn't know the victim, but said her friend was sitting in the passenger seat. 


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"When I got out I spoke to him and when I turned they shot," she said. "Six times, but he got shot four."

She said she didn't see the shooter, but took cover. 

"I crawled in my clothes literally crawled and got to safety," she said. "I had to wait till it was clear."

Neighbor Willie Ellis said he knew the victim well, and said he was shocked about the shooting. 

"He was a good person," Ellis said. "He used to come around the neighborhood and stuff, but I never heard nothing bad about him."

The woman said she now plans to move. 

"I have one son," she said. "I'm raising a man. I'm not raising a boy, I'm raising a man and I want him to be protected at all times." 

Neighbors told FOX13 the victim did not live on the street where the shooting occurred. 

Police are not releasing the name of the man at this time. 

 

 

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