1 dead, 3 jailed after Columbia home invasion

1 dead, 3 jailed after Columbia home invasion
Home in the 800 block of Willow Drive
Leah Harvey, Brenton Crain, Zachary Lee
Leah Harvey, Brenton Crain, Zachary Lee

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A Wednesday morning home invasion in the City of Columbia turned deadly, ending with one dead and three behind bars.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, one of the suspects went to the house located in the 800 block of Willow Drive and allegedly scouted the area, other suspects then allegedly kicked in the door to the residence and went inside and from there is where the altercation occurred according to Marion County Sheriff's Department Investigator Jamie Singley.

"During the robbery attempt, there was a male victim in the house who armed himself with a knife, he was able to run the suspects off, but in the struggle and altercation, the knife was used to stab a suspect," said Singley.

One of the alleged intruders, Freddy Burrell Jr., 19, of Columbia later died at Marion General Hospital from what appears to be a stab wound he received in the struggle with a resident in the house.

Singley described the knife that was used as a "throwing style" type of knife.

The official cause of death is pending the autopsy from the Mississippi State Crime Lab.

"Based on the evidence and the Mississippi statute we do not feel there is enough probable cause to charge the person armed with the knife," said Singley. "All those facts will be presented to the grand jury for them to determine that, and we are working very close with the 15th Circuit District Attorney's office on this matter as well," said Singley.

However Singley did state the investigation is still ongoing.

There were a total of three residents inside the home that were held at gunpoint during the robbery attempt, and according to Singley one of the residents chased the intruders away.

Zachary Lee, Brenton Crain, and Leah Harvey were arrested late Wednesday night and all charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, burglary and manslaughter.

The three others allegedly involved were given the manslaughter charge because they participated in an act that resulted in the death of another person.

Marion County Sheriff's Department took over the investigation after a discussion with other agencies involved. During the course of the investigation, Walthall County authorities, Columbia Police Department, as well as Marion County Sheriff's investigators worked together to determine the actual crime scene, since the alleged intruder died at Marion General Hospital.