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34-year-old Michael Alford is the surviving suspect from the crime that happened on Henry Cox Road last Tuesday morning.

Arson, Burglary Conspiracy Among Charges in Fatal Lawrence County Case

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A suspect in a botched home invasion turns himself in to Lawrence County authorities on Monday morning.

34-year-old Michael Alford is the surviving suspect from the crime that happened on Henry Cox Road last Tuesday morning.

The homeowner, who said he is hoping for the story to die down, shot and killed the other man.

Authorities report they found 30-year-old Matthew Javor on the homeowner's front porch. He is accused of prying open the entrance.

A Lawrence County Sheriff's Department investigation showed the homeowner was protecting his property and is protected from being charged with a crime by Mississippi's "Castle Doctrine".

Authorities said Alford, the second man, did not think anyone was home when they targeted the residence.

Alford has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

A family member brought him to the department to confess, Lawrence County Undersheriff Willie Wallace said.

Authorities had put out a call to the public for information on his where-abouts after connecting him to the crime.

Alford is also charged with 2nd Degree Arson in Lincoln county. He's accused of torching the get-away truck and hiding it near McCoulough Road.

Authorities say he admits to trying hide the evidence.

"He stated that he had been on the run and he had had time to think about it. And he wanted to get it over with," Undersheriff Wallace said.

"It's unfortunate that these guys were involved in this. It's unfortunate anytime a life is lost. But it came down this way and it's just a sad day," Wallace said.

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