HOLMES COUNTY, Miss.(WJTV) – Nearly two weeks after the murder of 75-year-old Ora Lee Irvin, a man has been charged.
Antony Fisher, 34 of Holmes County was arrested May 10 for robbery in the City of Lexington and later charged with murdering Irvin and armed robbery.
On May 3, Irvin’s niece made a visit to her home to bring food. When she walked through the house it was empty, but the back door was open.
Sheriff March says before her niece drove away from the house, she found her aunt’s body in the backyard.
March explained Irvin suffered from a gunshot wound to the head and jaw.
“She was a very nice person. She was a person that you walk up and she’ll hold a conversation and that maybe one of her weaknesses.”
Fisher’s name was brought up to authorities by a tipster. They said on the day of the murder Fisher was picked up by two men, not too far from Irvin’s home, wearing a hoodie with some items underneath.
March said Fisher was also wanted for a robbery in Lexington which really made them question his whereabouts.
“With that we assumed since he came off that road, we were already looking for him, we know he had a gun because he robbed a young man in Lexington, he robbed him with a gun which was a 9mm, and we found a 9mm hub laying beside the body.”
Fisher is being held on a $200,000 bond in the City of Lexington and will face a Holmes County judge sometime this week.
Sheriff March says he’s glad someone’s behind bars for the crime, and he hopes this is the only murder in the county this year.
“Last year we had five, so we’re hoping that most people that commit these murders was locked up, but that was just a senseless killing.”
Stay with WJTV as we continue to follow this developing story.