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Victim's family speaks on Palmetto murder suspect who was free after prior murder charge

A victim's family is mourning the death of their 66-year-old grandmother. Meanwhile, the Lee County sheriff reveals documents on why the suspected shooter, who was already charged in a prior murder, was out free to begin with.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2018 10:50 PM

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wlov normally, a suspect is charged...has an initial appearance..receives a bond. for this 17-year-old suspect...his initial appearance for murder did not happen witha judge present. ..now leaving another family without a loved one. ." alvin walton, injured in drive-by/victim's grandson "i was looking out the window,i thought it was my homeboy, but it wasn't. it was latavoius betts and (unintelligible) scruggs. we got too many shots in our house for it to be just two people shooting." alvin walton...was in his grandmother's house when those fatal shots rang out last friday. he was shot in the leg and his was shattered... latavious bettswas charged in april for murder...then brought to court for an aggravated assault....the sheriff says him being let out on bond prior to this shooting is a serious lapse in the court process. sheriff jim johnson johnson: "the previous charge of murder and him being out on bond should have been brought to the attention of the court. the judge at that time and the da's office could have been involved in petitioning the court to hold this individual without bond until court." these documents.....we re signed by chief j.b. long outside of the judge's and sheriff's prescense. we tried reaching out to chief j.b. long, yet with no response. meanwhile..the victim's family says the shooting had to do with money.ricky jones, son of victim "i'm hearing that he said he owe some guys, and after that i'm hearing that my mom gave him the money to pay these guys and he didn't give it to them. they called and asked where he at, he said at hismomma's house." ..other family members i spoke with say they want justice in their grandmother's slaying that could have been avoided. shakira buchanan, granddaughter of victim "obviously verona couldn't have been doing their job because if they were doing their job and did the proper paperwork, he would haven't been going and this would have never happened." authorities. a capias warrant was issued for his arrest even beofre this latest deadly shooting. if you have any information...con tact authorities. he's considered armed and dangerous. live in tupelo, rb wtva nine news. its
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