JPD makes multiple arrests in weekend murders

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Less than twenty-four hours after the brutal murder of a Jackson pastor, police have one suspect in custody and warrants issued for three more.

Police also arrested three in connection with the weekend’s second murder just outside the Walmart off Highway 18.

WJTV 12’s Shay O’Connor went to Marquez Hamilton’s initial appearance where he was denied bond.

Twenty-two year old Marquez Hamilton has been denied bond on a capital murder charge. 

Hamilton is also charged with armed robbery, auto theft and conspiracy. 

According to police, Hamilton confessed to murdering  62-year-old Anthony Longino was shot and killed outside New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning.

Officers found Longino’s stolen truck behind a home on Eastview street later that day.

We spoke with Chief James Davis about the arrest.

Jackson police are searching for three other suspects in connection with the pastor’s murder.

Chief Davis says they will not release those names at this time.

Arrests made in connection with a murder outside a Wal-Mart off Highway 18 include:
28-year–old Terry Haley, and 27-year-old brothers Brian and Brandon Williams.

Jackson Police arrested four people in connection with two weekend murders and issued warrants for three more people.

Chief James Davis credits community policing for the swift action in these cases. He says the community stepped up to provide officers with the information they needed to locate and arrest the people they believe are responsible for these crimes.

Twenty-two year old Marquez Hamilton is charged capital murder of Pastor Anthony Longino. He was opening his church for Sunday morning services when Hamilton and three others approached him. Hamilton confessed to the murder and faces additional charges of armed robbery, theft, and conspiracy.

Hamilton appeared before a judge Monday morning. He was denied bond.

Police issued three additional warrants in the case.

In the case of a man shot multiple times outside the Walmart off Highway 18, police arrested 28-year–old Terry Haley, and 27-year-old brothers Brian and Brandon Williams.

Davis says officers worked all day and through the night to gather information, execute search warrants and locate suspects. 

In a Tweet, Governor Phil Bryant called on municipal leaders to put a stop to violence. Bryant said if they could not do something about the problem, he would.

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