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WATER VALLEY – A Coffeeville man has been charged with first degree murder following a domestic disturbance that led to a fatal stabbing at a residence on Grandview Drive in Water Valley Sunday afternoon. Chief Jason Mangrum reported Jason Baker, age 37, was taken into custody shortly after his officers arrived on the scene.
“When they arrived, they found the victim and the suspect in the front yard,” Mangrum reported. Baker was still armed with a knife, but the chief reported officers were able to safely place him in custody.
“They had to struggle, they gave multiple commands to get him in custody,” Mangrum said about the brief standoff.
Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark reported the victim was Latonia Shaw, age 47, of Water Valley. She was initially transported from the scene in an ambulance, but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards by deputy coroner Debbie Jackson. Stark also reported the official cause of death is pending an autopsy.
Mangrum said his department received the call at 1:08 p.m. and two on-duty officers were first on the scene. Two county deputies also responded to back up the officers. Additional city officers assisted during the investigation that spanned much of the afternoon as evidence was collected and the scene was photographed. Mangrum said his department has responded to multiple calls in recent years at the residence.
Both District Attorney John Champion and Assistant District Attorney Steve Jubera also responded to the scene. Champion, whose district includes five counties – Desoto, Tate, Panola, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha – reported this is the fourth homicide during the first 10 days of 2021, a tally that includes a triple murder in Olive Branch on New Year’s Day.
The homicide is the first in the county in 2021 and the first inside the city limits of Water Valley since Mangrum was appointed chief in August, 2019.