Walthall County man charged with murder of his mother, arson

WALTHALL COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Walthall County man has been charged with murder and arson in connection with the death of his mother and a fire at her mobile home.

Brian E. Fortenberry of 26 Son Road, in the Little Improve Community of Walthall County was officially charged with murder and arson Tuesday night.

Fire and rescue personnel responded to a fire call at the residence Monday morning. Following the fire, friends and neighbors began to worry about Fortenberry's mother, 59-year-old Lizzie Buckhalter Fortenberry.

Walthall County authorities found Lizzie's body almost a mile away from the burned out trailer. The county coroner released the cause of death as a single gunshot to the head.

Brian Fortenberry resides at the Walthall County Jail. It is unknown whether he has been issued bond.

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