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4 arrested in Pearl River County homicide; charges upgraded

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Gerrod Howard Gerrod Howard
Chadrick Daniel Chadrick Daniel
Kenneth Johnson Jr. Kenneth Johnson Jr.
Gary J. Daughtry Gary J. Daughtry
Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) -

Authorities have two more people in custody in connection to a Pearl River County shooting that claimed the life of Brandon Penry Jr. aka “Skateboard."

Chadrick Devon Daniel, 20, and Gerrod O'Neal Howard, 20, both of Columbia, turned themselves in late Thursday afternoon in Pearl River County.

Kenneth Johnson Jr., 22, and Gary J. Daughtry, 23, both of Columbia, were arrested late Thursday night by authorities in Marion County.

Daniel and Howard were both originally charged with tampering with physical evidence in the investigation, but since Thursday night, charges have been upgraded.

Howard is now charged with murder as well as tampering with evidence.

Daniel, Johnson and Daughtry are all charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact of murder in connection to the shooting death of Penry.

MOBILE USERS: See a slideshow of the suspect's mugshots here. 

“Our investigation revealed that there were five individuals in the SUV, Gerrod shot the victim, “Skateboard,” while the vehicle was in motion along Poplarville-Baxterville Road, causing the vehicle to wreck,” Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

The four are all housed in Pearl River County, where they will make their initial appearance later Friday.

“Marion County Sheriff’s Department put a lot of time and effort to assist us in this investigation,"Tucker said. "Without their assistance, this would have been a much more difficult case to solve, so we really appreciate their efforts."

The Scene:

Around noon Wednesday, a passerby spotted a one-vehicle accident on Poplarville-Baxterville Road just off Spring Hill Road in Pearl River County.

"Deputies responded to the scene and noticed it was more than just an accident," Tucker said. "There was other evidence that suggests it was more than just a traffic accident."

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said the victim has been identified as Brandon Penry Jr., 31, of Columbia. Penry went by the nickname "Skateboard" and died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Turnage. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Unit was brought in to process the scene, according to Tucker.

"We believe that the incident occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday, and we believe the two people, Howard and Daniel, know information," Tucker said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation.

If you have any information regarding the shooting, contact Pearl River County authorities at 601-795-2241.

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