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Family members charged in Jeff Davis Co. Murder

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PRENTISS, MS ( WDAM)- The scenario Monday evening started off as a random shooting. All authorities knew was that a 911 call came in from a home on Highway 35 in Prentiss saying someone had been found shot outside.

"There was a man laying in his yard and upon our arrival the person was identified as Mr. Robert Williams," said Jeff Davis County Sheriff, Henry McCullum

There were no suspects Monday evening or the following day, but early Wednesday morning Sheriff McCullum said he received a tip on possible suspects.

"We followed the lead and the information that was given to us and were able to arrest these four family members," McCullum said.

The victim's wife, children, and his daughter's fiance are the suspects.

Robert Marquis Williams is charged with murder.  The victim's wife, Carolyn Williams, his daughter, Melissa Williams, and the future son- in –law, Delays Stubs are charged with accessory after the fact.

"Family kills too and that's a tragedy," said McCullum. "It's something that is impossible for law enforcement I think to prevent."

Sheriff McCullum did not say a cause for the incidents. We spoke with people who say they know the family. They say this is the result of an abusive relationship.

McCullum said he is sure these four are the only suspects.

"We were able to get a confession so when you are able to get a confession being that it is family, it's kind of tough," McCullum said. "It's a sad day for our county and we are all mourning and the only thing I know to do is pray for the family and be supportive."

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