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Kelly Ladner death investigation ruled a homicide

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The autopsy results of a Hub City death investigation victim have been released. 

Kelly Ladner, 37 of Hattiesburg, died of blunt force trauma, according to the autopsy results. 

The crime, which was originally ruled a death investigation, has now been ruled a homicide. 

Ladner was found inside her Myrtle Street home and was pronounced dead at the scene by Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem on Jan. 3. 

Detectives and the Hattiesburg Police Crime Scene Unit were called to the scene to process evidence and conduct the investigation. 

Joe Michael Shaw Jr., 34 of Hattiesburg, was charged with murder in connection to the crime and booked into the Forrest County Jail in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

Shaw's bond was set at $1 million.

Since Dec. 29, 2015, Hattiesburg Police have worked four homicide or death investigation scenes. 

On Jan. 1, 2016, police worked the scene of the shooting death of Anna Griffith, 39 of Hattiesburg. 

Griffith was shot in the chest at Dumas Apartments & Hotel off Broadway Drive. 

Theopolis Schaffer, 64, was arrested and charged with murder in the case. 

On Dec. 29, 2015, police investigated the shooting death of Richard Deshawn Barnes, 43, of Hattiesburg. 

Barnes was shot to death inside a truck at 929 Spencer Street in Hattiesburg. No arrests have been made at this time. 

HPD is currently working a homicide at a home in the 100 block of Montague Street in the Hub City. According to Butch Benedict, the male's body shows signs of a severe altercation, and his body has been sent to the state crime lab for autopsy. 

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