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Capital murder indictments handed down in student death

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Updated: 3/12 11:50 am
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Lafayette County grand jury has returned capital murder indictments against three men in the death of an Ole Miss graduate student in December.

Court documents show Steven Matthew Wilbanks, 23, of North Carolina, Derrick Boone, 23, of Laurel and Joseph Lyons, 20, of Houston, Texas were indicted by a grand jury in February.

The three men are charged in the death of Zach McClendon, who was found dead at an apartment on County Road 140 in the College Hill community on December 17th.

The indictments say McClendon was shot in the head with a .12-gauge shotgun during a robbery.

The court records say the men then took McClendon's car and three textbooks.
At the time of their arrest,  Wilbanks and Boone were enrolled at the school.

Lyons was a former student.

All three are being held without bond in the Lafayette County jail.
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