On Wednesday April 24, 2013, warrants were issued for the arrests of Willie Willis and Joshua Coffee regarding the death of ten year old Jerald Tucker, Jr. The shooting occurred at the child's residence where he lived with Willis and his father Jerald Tucker, Sr. Willis is the older brother of Jerald. Both have been charged with Manslaughter.
According to statements by witnesses, Coffee and Willis were handling a small caliber weapon in the living room of the residence where Jerald was playing a video game. The weapon discharged striking the child in the back of the head. The weapon is believed to belong to Willis.
In addition to the Manslaughter charge, Coffee has also been charged with Possession of Weapon by a Felon. He was convicted in Warren County Circuit Court in 2010 for strong armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Coffee and Willis will appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Thursday April 25, 2013 at 1100 hours for an arraignment, bond will be set at that time.
Joshua Ryan Coffee, 21 YOA
241 Demby Drive
Charges: Manslaughter, Possession of Weapon by a Felon
Willie Louis Willis, 20 YOA
2934 Park Avenue
1820 TV Road
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