Man and woman charged with murder in Rankin County

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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A man and woman have been arrested and charged with murder after someone was reported dead in Rankin County.

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a call Tuesday morning from the 100 block of Conerly Road about a possible deceased individual. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the victim, 38-year-old Ashlei McFarland, deceased with trauma to the head.

Investigators were able to quickly identify two suspects who left the area. Deputies said the suspects were located and taken into custody without further incident.

Investigators said 27-year-old Dantrell Jerome Hunter of Prentiss and 46-year-old Ashley Hales Basham of Hattiesburg were transported to the Rankin County Detention Center.

Hunter and Basham both appeared in court on Wednesday. They were denied bond. Officials said the suspects will have a preliminary hearing where that will be revisited. 

Investigators are still unsure of a motive for the murder at this time.

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