HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg police department is investigating it's 11th homicide of 2014, less then 24 hours after their 10th, and in a matter of hours they have made an arrest.
According to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict, the victim has been identified as Toney Robinson, 55, of Hattiesburg. Benedict stated the body has been sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
According to Hattiesburg Police Department Lt. Jon Traxler, officers received a call around 6:30 a.m. from a motorist about a person laying in a yard at 1105 West Pine Street. Upon arrival, officers found an unidentified black male laying in the yard with what appeared to be extensive trauma to portions of his body.
Police have arrested and charged Nijal Garry, 23, with murder in connection with the crime. Garry was taken into custody in the 200 block of Fox Terrace in Lamar County, after attempted to flee from officers.
According to authorities, Garry was the only person in the vehicle that belonged to the victim, and at this time are not searching for another suspect.
According to Traxler detectives recovered a lot of evidence from the scene on West Pine Street, but whether the murder weapon was recovered is unclear.
Authorities believe this is not connected with the Morningside Drive homicide that happened Wednesday afternoon.
If you have any information about the incident officials urge you to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.