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Hattiesburg police arrest 2 others in 2014 homicide

Vernell Miskell and Asia Craft Vernell Miskell and Asia Craft
V'Nell Miskell V'Nell Miskell
Pedro Alvarez Pedro Alvarez

Hattiesburg police have arrested two more suspects in connection to a 2014 shooting that claimed the life of a Hub City man.

Just shy of a year later, Vernell Miskell, 22, and his girlfriend, Asia Craft, 20, both of Hattiesburg, have been arrested and charged in the September 2014 shooting death of 20-year-old Johnnie Cooper.

According to Hattiesburg Police investigators, new information in the case developed that led to additional arrests in the case.

Vernell was arrested in Hattiesburg on Aug. 5 and charged with murder, with his bond set at $1 million. Craft was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with accessory after the fact of murder, with her bond set at $50,000. They both are housed at the Forrest County Jail.

Pedro Alvarez, 29, and V'nell Miskell, 26, both of Hattiesburg, and brothers to Vernell, were arrested Sept. 12, 2014, and were charged with murder, and each had a $1 million dollar bond set in the death of Cooper.

Cooper was found in a ditch, submerged in water at the Timberton Softball complex near William Carey University Sept. 11, 2014. Members of the Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation work crew found the body and called police. According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, Cooper died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Alvares and V'nell have not been indicted at this time, due to the fact that the investigation is still ongoing, however both remain in custody.

Vernell is also facing an aggravated assault charge that stems from another incident. V’nell is also facing an auto burglary and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charge as well.  Craft was previously indicted on an auto burglary charge through Forrest County.

According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler, the investigation is still ongoing.

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