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Hattiesburg homicides of 2015

Fallen officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate Fallen officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg police have investigated six homicides during 2015, including two police officers. 

The sixth homicide of the year happened late Tuesday night when Richard Deshawn Barnes, 43, of Hattiesburg suffered from multiple gunshot wounds. Police are still looking for suspects. 

William Albritten Jr. and Officers Benjamin Deen and Liqouri Tate were killed in May. Jabarri Goudy and Kenneth Smith were killed at the same Hattiesburg club five months apart.

William Albritten Junior's murder was the first of the year. Police found him May 6 in a wooded area off Lincoln Road. He was stabbed to death and James Price was charged with his murder.

Just three days later, police were investigating the fatal shootings of two of their own. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were gunned down during a traffic stop. Hattiesburg police arrested nine people in connection with the officers' murders.


Authorities say Marvin Banks pulled the trigger. He was charged with multiple charges including two counts of capital murder. 

Others charged include Curtis Banks, Joanie Calloway, Cornelius Clark, Abram Franklin, Jimmy Brady, Anquanette Alexander, Douglas McPhail and Broderick Vardnado. Marvin Banks was found dead inside his jail cell earlier this month.

The fourth and fifth homicides of the year both happened at Club Memories.

Seventeen-year-old Jabarri Goudy was shot in the club's parking lot July 5. 

Arthur Jones Jr., was charged with Goudy's murder and Keith Lee, Montrelle Lee, Stokes Wells and Nijah Gray-Lane face charges in connection with the crime.

Kenneth Smith was shot and killed Dec. 6. 

Police said he was shot in the abdomen. Jimmie Lee Magee is charged with murder. Samuel Walker, Jimarcus Burton and Romelvin Barnes are charged as accessories.

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