The four suspects in the murder of two police officers in Mississippi during a routine traffic stop are charged. Joanie Calloway, 22, is charged with two counts of capital murder, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Sunday. Marvin Banks, 29, also faces two counts of capital murder, along with counts of grand theft auto and felon in possession of a firearm. Police charge his brother, Curtis Banks, with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder, and a fourth suspect, Cornelius Clark, is charged with obstruction of justice. As deputies escorted Banks into the Banks wails:
I didn’t do it.
The community of Hattiesburg Mississippi holds a holds a candle-light vigil to honor fallen Officers killed during a routine traffic stop. Many leave wreathes, pictures and candles. Youlander Ross, Tate’s mother:
Words cannot express the outpouring of love from everyone in Hattiesburg, everyone from across the country. I’m just glad that my son didn’t die in vain.
Robin Deen, Deen’s mother:
Never was in any trouble growing up. Never rebellious, knew what he wanted to do and did the right thing. Always. And let me tell you this, he didn’t see skin color. He was a friend to all.
Deen stops a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade in an industrial part of the city at around 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday. Officer Tate arrives afterward to assist him, shots are fired, and both officers are wounded. Both officers die of their injuries at a hospital. The officers’ deaths are reportedly the first for the Hattiesburg police force in 30 years.