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Arrest made in Chickasaw County murder

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 6/11/2013 6:28 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - After weeks of waiting, DNA evidence has allowed Chickasaw County investigators to make an arrest in a murder case that took place in April.

The sheriff's department arrested and charged Mitchell Gregory, 32, of Woodland, Miss. with the murder of 75 year old Houston resident William Ray "Shorty" Bevills.

Detectives say Bevills was in his home at 206 Aberdeen Road on April 13 when Gregory allegedly broke in and stabbed him numerous times.

Chief Deputy James Meyers said they are still investigating to narrow down what took place.

"It's looking like it was probably a burglary," Meyers said. "That's what we're kind of leaning towards right now when the assault took place."

Detectives said they were called to Bevills' home on April 15 by friends and family members after they couldn't get him to answer the door.

Although it's still under investigation, authorities believe a struggle occurred after Gregory entered the home, causing both individuals to bleed.

That's how authorities say they were able to collect DNA samples.

"Results from the crime lab do put him [Gregory] at the scene," Meyers said. "The DNA results did come back with a positive match."

The sheriff's department said solving the case was made possible by utilizing multiple agencies.

Meyers said the DNA results and Gregory's arrest make it one step closer to justice for Bevills.

"This has been a group effort between the Houston Police Department, as well as the State Crime Lab, and it's just a group effort that everything worked out just great."

According to an officer at the correctional facility, Gregory did not have prior felonies in Chickasaw County.

Gregory's bond will be set on Wednesday, June 12.

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