WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Wayne County Sheriff's Department has charged two men for the September 2012 armed robbery of Lakeside Grocery located on Azalea Drive that resulted in the shooting death of Ashvanbha Patel.
Lewis Bernard Hayes, 32, and Jermaine Stewart, 28, are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and capital murder.
Both men appeared before Justice and Municipal Court Judge Charles Chapman Monday. Judge Chapman denied bond for the capital murder charge and set a bond for the two other charges at $250,000 each for both men.
According to Sheriff Darryl Woodson, both men were arrested back in 2012 and are serving time for multiple armed robberies that they allegedly committed in other various counties.
Hayes is currently in MDOC custody and Stewart is under the custody of the Lamar County Sheriff's Department pending charges.
Sheriff Woodson thanks Laurel Police Department Sheriff Tyrone Stewart for being very instrumental in solving the case and gathering crucial information. Sheriff Woodson also thanks MDOC, the Lamar County Sheriff's Department and former Wayne County Chief Investigator
Mike Mozingo for helping gather evidence and information that helped start the case.
Investigator Kevin Stevens said evidence from the scene showed a single male entering the grocery store September 2 and displayed a handgun. According to Stevens, the man forcibly took money from the cash register, shot the clerk and fled the scene. He said
the department strongly believes Hayes committed the armed robbery and took off in a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Stewart.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Department are actively investigating a number of cold case homicides.
Anyone with information on any case may contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Department or Crime Stoppers at 601-735-5323.