HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Saturday afternoon "death investigation" in the Hub City has landed the victim's boyfriend behind bars facing a murder charge.
Joe Michael Shaw Jr., 34, of Hattiesburg, was charged with murder and booked into the Forrest County Jail in the early hours of Sunday morning. Shaw made his initial appearance late Monday afternoon where his bond was set at $1 million.
Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. police responded to a call of an unresponsive female inside a home in the 700 block of Myrtle Street, just off Hutchinson Avenue.
According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner, Lisa Klem, the victim was identified as Kelly Ladner, 37, of Hattiesburg.
Ladner was found inside her Myrtle Street home and was pronounced dead at the scene by Klem.
Detectives and the Hattiesburg Police Crime Scene Unit were called to the scene to process evidence and conduct the investigation.
According to Klem, the body has been sent to the State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.
Shaw could be seen outside the home on Myrtle Street speaking with detectives throughout the investigation. He was later taken to the police department by detectives for questioning.
The Saturday Myrtle Street death investigation came less than 24 hours after Hattiesburg's first homicide of 2016.
The first homicide occurred Friday night, at Dumas Motel & Apartments, and claimed the life of Anna Griffith, 39, of Hattiesburg.
Police quickly arrested Theopolis Schaffer, 64, at the scene of the shooting and charged him with murder.
Both suspects are expected to make their initial court appearances early this week, and preliminary autopsy results should be returned also.