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West Point woman charged in death of her father-in-law


Latoria Jennae Brownlee

Latoria Jennae Brownlee



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A West Point woman has been charged with capital murder after local police and the Mississippi Fire Marshal's Office uncovered evidence she allegedly set a house fire that killed a 62-year-old disabled man on Thanksgiving. 


Latoria Jennae Brownlee, 37, is accused of the murder of her father-in-law, William Brownlee, Sr., who died in a fire in his home. 


Responders with West Point police and fire departments were called to a home on Washington Street shortly after 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in response to a house fire, according to a press release from WPPD. Latoria Brownlee notified responders her father-in-law was in the home. 


Latoria Brownlee was arrested Wednesday night and is currently being held in the Clay County Jail in West Point on $250,000 bond. 


District Attorney Scott Colom said at a press conference Thursday that he hopes to present the case to a grand jury soon, which will speed up the trial process. 


Suspects are charged with capital murder when a death occurs during the commission of another crime -- in this case arson. Defendants convicted of capital murder potentially face the death penalty.




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