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Police Charge Hervey With Murder

Wilson Hervey

By David Howell
Editor


WATER VALLEY – Wilson Hervey has been charged with murder in the October 19 fatal shooting of Keith Murray, Jr.
    Water Valley Police Captain Roger Thomas reported Hervey, 36, was taken into custody without incident at his residence at 603 County Road 15 with help from the U.S. Marshals and the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 12.
    Thomas said marshals had been assisting with the search for about a week after Murray would not surrender to authorities.
    “We had been wanting to talk to him in connection with this case for several weeks,” Thomas told the Herald.
    Police discovered Murray dead outside his girlfriend’s apartment on Charlie Harris Street in the early morning hours on Oct. 19. The apartment is part of the Water Valley Housing Authority near the elementary school, separate from the main portion of the authority’s real estate along Blackmur Drive. Murray died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene by Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark.
    Thomas also said agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) were assisting with the investigation. He explained the shooting apparently stemmed from a dispute between the two families.
    After he was taken into custody, Hervey was transported to the David M. Bryan Justice Complex in Panola County where MBI agents questioned him before he was charged. He was moved to the Yalobusha County Jail for a bond hearing in front of Justice Court Judge Gary Tippit the next day.  Bond was denied for Hervey, who also had a a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault. He also had a bench warrant in another case on him when he was taken into custody.
    Thomas said Hervey had been released from state custody in 2008 on the prior conviction.

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