UPDATE: Suspect named in Verona homicide. Bond set at $1 million

Police in Verona say the suspect wanted for Thursday's homicide in Verona is now back in Lee County. Bond for accused killer Brandon Rucker was set at $1 million.

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 8:01 AM
Updated: Oct 31, 2017 8:01 AM

UPDATED Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:45pm

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - The man accused of shooting to death a 17-year-old in Verona last week appeared before a Lee County judge on Monday.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon. 17-year-old Lorenzo Wright, Jr. died of a single gunshot wound to the stomach. On Friday, Chickasaw County authorities, in collaboration with Verona police, located the killer, and convinced him to turn himself in in.

That man, 26-year-old Brandon Rucker, who lives in the Chickasaw area, appeared before a judge in Lee County. He is charged with one count of murder. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police say that he got into some kind of argument with Wright on Clement Street in Verona. Rucker got out of his car, and fired a single shot at Lorenzo, who died in surgery Thursday at 4:45pm at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Using surveillance video, police placed the two at a nearby gas station and convenience store shortly before the shooting. They traced Rucker later to the Chickasaw area where he was taken into custody.

Rucker’s grandmother appeared with him before the judge. We were told she played a key role in finding Rucker, and getting him to turn himself in.

"He was located I think first by family - I spoke with them - they contacted the sheriff there, Sheriff Meyers, and said 'we're bringing him to you," said Verona Police Chief J. B. Long. "So we went to Okolona PD, they met us there, we picked him up there, from there, we brought him to Lee County."

Long said Rucker has no criminal history. That may or may not play a role in his sentencing.

 

PREVIOUS UPDATE - Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:28 p.m.

Police in Verona say the suspect wanted for Thursday's homicide in Verona is now under arrest.

Chief J.B. Long says the accused killer is being held in Chickasaw County and he will be brought back to Lee County.

Long is expected to release the name of the suspect soon.

Original story

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - A 17-year-old was shot and killed Thursday in Verona and police are searching for the shooter.

Verona Police Chief J.B. Long says the shooting happened near 2 p.m. on Clement Street.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identifies the victim as Lorenzo Wright, Jr.

Eyewitnesses told police they saw the Wright standing in a front yard right before he was gunned down.

Police say the shooter got into a white vehicle with tinted windows.

"We'll be hitting the streets and going out. We have surveillance that I'm going to have to check myself for where he was last seen and get copies of those videos and just go back to the Clement area," Chief Long said.

If you have any information that could help police solve this case, please contact the Verona Police Department.

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