Suspect charged with capital murder for Artesia killings

 

Clark Allen Jr.

Clark Allen Jr.

 

Major Greg Wright answers questions during a press conference at Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning. Authorities confirmed Thursday they arrested Clark Allen Jr. of Oktibbeha County for the murder of three people in Artesia Tuesday afternoon.

Major Greg Wright answers questions during a press conference at Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning. Authorities confirmed Thursday they arrested Clark Allen Jr. of Oktibbeha County for the murder of three people in Artesia Tuesday afternoon.
Photo by: Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff

 

 

Isabelle Altman

 

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An Oktibbeha County man has been arrested for the murder of three people in Artesia Tuesday afternoon. 

 

District Attorney Scott Colom confirmed Thursday morning that Clark Allen, Jr., 20, of the Sessums area, has been charged with capital murder for shooting Demario Snell, 31, of Artesia, Mauricio Nance, 22, of Columbus, and Tyshun Bernard Fields, 24, of Crawford. 

 

Authorities responded to Snell's mobile home at 23 Mobile Dr. Tuesday at about 4 p.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots. Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said responders found two of the victims inside the home and a third in the yard behind the residence. 

 

Colom said Allen was the person of interest deputies detained shorty after the shooting incident.  

 

Allen was a guest in Snell's home at the time of the shooting, according to a LCSO press release. 

 

During a press conference at Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning, investigators said the majority of the residents in Artesia were cooperating during the investigation.  

 

Arledge and Major Greg Wright, who heads the department's investigative division, said there had not been a triple homicide in Lowndes County during their tenures as law enforcement officers. Wright said the only such homicide he could think of happened in the 1980s in north Lowndes County. 

 

Investigators did not release a motive for the shooting by press time but are certain the suspect and victims knew each other. 

 

Authorities described Artesia as a small, close-knit community where residents know each other and where citizens want to know what happened. 

 

"We're taking it step by step," Artesia Mayor Jimmy Sanders said. "It's just really hard to say because families take it different ways. And each one of them is taking it hard ... And the community too. This just doesn't happen in Artesia." 

 

Allen was also charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of sale of a controlled substance. He was denied bond and will remain in custody at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center until his scheduled court date on May 13.

 

 

 

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