District Attorney: "Justice will be served for murder of HPD officers"

District Attorney: "Justice will be served for murder of HPD officers"
Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest-Perry County District Attorney Patricia Burchell will exhaust all resources for justice to be served in the murder of two Hattiesburg Police Officers.

"We will do everything within our power to bring those charged in these senseless killings to justice," said District Attorney Patricia Burchell.

Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed in the line of duty Saturday night during a traffic stop on East 4th Street.

Marvin Banks was charged with two counts of capital murder, grand larceny auto and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to an affidavit Marvin did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously, with malice commit the crime of capital murder of Officers Deen and Tate.

Curtis Banks and Joaine Calloway were charged with one count of accessory after the fact of capital murder. According to affidavit's Curtis and Calloway did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously aid and assist Marvin Banks knowing that he had feloniously killed Officers Deen and Tate. The two were killed while they were acting in their official capacity with intent to enable him to avoid arrest after commission of the crime.

The two are only charged with one count apiece due to the fact it is based on the action that each of them took in their "own" capacity, not based on the actions of Marvin.

Cornelius Clark was charged with obstruction of justice in connection to the crime. According to affidavits he did render criminal assistance to Marvin Banks by hindering the prosecution of Marvin Banks by intentionally hindering his apprehension. Clark allegedly provided him with the means of avoiding discovery or apprehension.

The four are currently being housed at the Forrest County Jail.

Burchell would not go into further detail regarding to prosecution or process regarding the four suspects.

"This is not the time for me or my office to discuss those issues," said Burchell. "This is the time to grieve with the families of Officer Deen and Tate and to support our law enforcement community," said Burchell.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Deen, Officer Tate and their families," said Burchell.