Laurel police issue murder warrant for hit-and-run suspect

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - In just three days officers of the Laurel Police Department have responded to two vehicle versus pedestrian accidents. Both accidents have led to the death of two men.

"On the third of September at approximately 6:58 p.m. officers of the Laurel Police Department responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of I-59 North bound and Chantilly Street," said Laurel Police Department Lt. Jerome Jackson. "Upon the officer's arrival, they discovered the body of John Carney, white male, approximately 49 years of age from Tupelo deceased at the scene."

According to investigators, driver of the vehicle, 54-year-old Johnny Ferguson, had reported the accident himself.

"Ferguson was arrested due to an alcohol related state that he was in," said Jackson.

Ferguson was later released pending presentation of the case to the Grand Jury.

Three days prior to Tuesday's accident, another pedestrian was hit on East 1st and Pine Street, but according to Lt. Jerome Jackson, it was no accident.

"Upon arrival, the officers discovered a black male in his forties suffering from an undisclosed wound lying in the intersection," said Jackson. "The victim was later identified as being black male Juan Nelson. Mr. Nelson was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead."

Unlike Tuesday's accident, the driver fled the scene, but with evidence collected and information gathered from concerned citizens, the Laurel Police Department has now issued a murder warrant for 30-year-old Michael Dixon.

"Dixon is believed to have fled this jurisdiction," said Jackson. "Investigators have placed Mr. Dixon on NCIC and are currently working with other jurisdictions to bring Mr. Dixon back to Laurel."

If you have any information regarding Dixon, you are asked to contact Laurel Police Department at (601)399-4440 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601)428-STOP.

According to Lt. Jerome Jackson, there's a strong possibility that other arrest warrants will be issued in reference to Saturday's incident.

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