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Two from Walnut arrested for 2016 murder

This relates to the death of Joshawa Lynn Hopkins.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 1:59 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 4:45 AM

RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -The passing of Joshawa Hopkins, who authorities report was shot in the head back in 2016, came as a shock to those who were closest to him.  

Two are now charged with first-degree murder in connection with Hopkins' death.

(L-R): Lewis, Caldwell | Photo: Tippah County Sheriff's Dept.

Jacob Riley Lewis, 28, of Walnut, and Jacquelyn Caldwell, 39, of Walnut, were recently arrested by Tippah County investigators.

"I hate to hear things like that going on around here," said Ripley resident Brandon Stroupe. "It scares people, it's a lot of good people here. When something like that happens, it's devastating to us."

The events leading up to the shooting that fatal August afternoon are still not clear. Authorities confirm the incident happened outside of suspect Jacob Lewis' camper.

Investigators say Lewis was a person-of-interest early in the case. But new information obtained in mid-October led to their arrests.

Both were formally charged on October 26.

Tippah County Sheriff Karl Gaillard believes drugs could have played a factor, which did not surprise one resident.

“It’s a known bad drug place," noted Ripley resident Chandler Carter. Violence usually comes right behind it.”

The victim's wife shared that her husband was a great father, husband and son, whose death they are still grappling with.

"Regardless if they got the custody or not they still lost their loved one, it's still going to be a bad feeling,” Stroupe added.

The Hopkins family says they are still struggling to explain to Joshawa's four-year-old why dad isn't coming back home.

“I know they probably have a lot of mixed emotions right now," said Carter. "I feel like they’ll be happy to have some closure in the situation, it has to be hard to have this brought up after a couple of years have passed."

The suspects' bonds were both set at $200,000 each.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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