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Mississippi man charged after authorities identify body

A Mississippi man has been charged after authorities identified a body found in a rural area.

Posted: Mar 8, 2019 4:57 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged after authorities identified a body found in a rural area.

Media outlets reported 44-year-old Cedric Taylor was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and being a convicted felon possessing a gun. He's jailed with bail set at $125,000. It's unclear if Taylor has a lawyer to speak for him.

Jackson police say Taylor killed 29-year-old Dewan Fortner, whose body was found Wednesday in woods behind an abandoned building near Bolton.

Fortner was reported missing Feb. 25. Police say they think the shooting followed a fight in a Jackson neighborhood.

Yvette Butler, Fortner's mother, tells WLBT-TV she showed Taylor a picture of Fortner when searching for her son, but Taylor said he didn't know Fortner.

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