SILVER CREEK, Miss. (WJTV) – A 21-year-old Monticello man has been charged with attempted murder after an assault happened on November 18, 2021, in Lawrence County.

According to officials with the sheriff’s office, deputies were told someone was injured after a fall, but they determined the victim, Benny Rutland, could not have injured himself.

The suspect, 21-year-old Jadarrious Cortez Smith, was later arrested during a traffic stop. He was charged with attempted murder after an interview.

The victim was hit multiple times and remains in critical condition.