By David Howell
COFFEEVILLE – A Coffeeville man was charged with capital murder Friday afternoon following the Monday death of his seven month-old nephew.
Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported that Tommy Boyd was charged with the death of Braylon Uecker just before 3 p.m. last Friday. Shortly afterwards, in an initial appearance held at the county jail, Justice Court Judge Gary Tippit denied bond for Boyd.
Humphreys said state law does not allow a bond to be set in a capital offense. The charges come after Uecker was pronounced dead at the Grenada Lake Medical Center by an emergency room doctor on Monday, according to Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark.
He had been transported to the Grenada hospital from Coffeeville in an ambulance. Stark said an autopsy was performed Wednesday in Jackson at the state crime lab and a state medical examiner ruled the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Humphreys said the child was taken to the Coffeeville ambulance service by Boyd and his wife, Brandy, after the infant stopped breathing. The child had been living with the couple at their residence on County Road 212 for about a month prior to his death, the sheriff also stated. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” Hum-phreys said about the crime, adding that District Attorney John Champion had recommended charging Boyd with capital murder after reviewing the case.