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1 killed, 1 injured in Jeff Davis County double shooting

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JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A double-shooting in Jeff Davis County killed one and injured another Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened on N. Williamsburg Road at an old oil field sight around 3 p.m.

“There was a man and his wife with their two kids in the car, the parents were both shot multiple times,” Jeff Davis County Sheriff Ron Strickland said. 

According to Strickland, the victim has been identified as Damos Daniels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The two kids in the car were both fine, they weren’t harmed and they were taken from the scene by a family member,” Strickland said. 

Daniels’ wife was transported by ambulance from the scene with at least a gunshot wound to her head and shoulder, possibly more according to Strickland.

Strickland added that Damos was shot in the head and upper shoulder.

“At this time we are working the scene and searching for a suspect; it is all under investigation at this time,” Strickland said. 

This is a developing story and we will continue to update with information as it becomes available.

Damos murder trial in 2011

Damos was previously an FBI informant who was on trial for murder for the 2010 shooting death of 29 year-old Kenroderick Jefferson.

Jefferson was gunned down in front of his home in the Lampton Community in Marion County on March 29, 2010.

Following the shooting, sheriff's deputies searched Jefferson's home and discovered more than 40 pounds of marijuana.

Daniels turned himself in and was taken to an unknown location by federal officials as he awaited trial.

In 2011, after the verdict was reached, District Attorney Hal Kittrell had this to say.

"This was a very unusual case,"  District Attorney Hal Kittrell said. "It was a bizarre case to begin with all the parties involved and the players involved."

Daniels defense team attempted to prove Daniels had acted in self-defense, and the prosecution repeatedly pointed out that Daniels shot Jefferson, who was unarmed. The testimony fell apart when witness testimony became inconsistent on the stand.

"We also had witnesses that told us one story, and then changed it or it was proven that what they told us was in fact a lie," Kittrell said. "It was a point that we were looking at having to dismiss the case on our own, but the court in fact beat us to it."

Kittrell said the system works when everyone tells the truth, and he believes that is not what happened during this trial. As a case of self-defense became clear, the direct verdict motion was granted and Daniels was effectively found not guilty of murder.

"Obviously he's happy to be vindicated," Kittrell said. "That's our system, and that's the way it works, and he is free to go today."

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