Southaven murder suspect arrested in Indiana

A man wanted in a Southaven double murder case in 2020 was captured in Indiana after a traffic stop for speeding.  

Jeffery Lee Walker Jr., age 32 of Cleveland, Mississippi, was arrested Monday, March 6, on I-70 near Cambridge City, Indiana. Walker was driving a semi-trailer truck at the time.  

When Walker was stopped on Monday, troopers learned he was wanted by Southaven police on a warrant stemming from an incident on Halloween night, 2020. Two people were killed and another injured in a shooting at a family gathering party that police said became violent. 

Police said at the time officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Southaven Circle and Vaught Circle. Officers found three people who had been shot. The victims were not identified. 

Walker was arrested and taken to the Wayne County Jail, where he is now awaiting extradition back to Mississippi.  

Thursday morning, March 9, DeSoto County District Attorney Robert Morris confirmed in an email that Walker was being sought on second-degree murder charges stemming from the shooting. 

“The Co-Defendant, Otis Marshall, was indicted for one homicide and Walker for the other,” Morris said. “Walker was scheduled for trial on Nov. 4, 2022, and fled the jurisdiction prior to trial.”

Morris said his office has initiated extradition and are asking Indiana officials to immediately return Walker to the DeSoto County Jail.  

“The District Attorney’s Office will request that he be held without bail until trial,” Morris said. “He has not been extradited as of today as the process can take some time depending upon the extradition laws of Indiana.

Bob Bakken

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