Bond set for Hub City murder suspect

Bond set for Hub City murder suspect
Andre Baker/Photo credit: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hub City murder suspect made his initial appearance in court Wednesday, where a judge set his bond at $500,000.

Andre Baker, 24, who was wanted by Hattiesburg Police in connection to the shooting death of Madison Sims, was taken into custody Tuesday night.

Baker was taken into custody when he turned himself in at the Forrest County Jail, according to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Detective Branden McLemore.

This comes after a Memorial Day shooting in the Hub City turned into a homicide investigation after the victim died from his injures Thursday, June 2.

Sims, 48, of Hattiesburg, was taken off life-support evening of June 1 and passed away Thursday morning shortly after 7 at Forrest General Hospital, according to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.

"His body will be sent to the State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy," Benedict said.

Sims was shot once in the head during an altercation at 5696 Highway 49 at the Texaco just before 7 p.m. Memorial Day.

"Upon arrival, officers were advised by people at the scene that the victim had left the scene going to a local hospital by way of a private vehicle," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler.

Moments after officers responded to the scene, emergency officials received a call of a wreck with injures at West Pine Street and Highway 49, less than a mile from the shooting scene.

"Officers received a call of a crash, which involved two vehicles at the intersection of West Pine and Highway 49," Traxler said. "When they arrived on scene, it was learned that that vehicle involved in that crash was the vehicle that was transporting the victim to the hospital."

That crash sent three people to the hospital with injures, and a fourth that was the shooting victim.

"Of the three excluding the shooting victim, one was released from the hospital and the other two are listed in stable condition," Traxler said.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, and police interviewed witnesses at the scene of the shooting.

This is the fourth homicide of the year in the Hub City; the previous three have been cleared by arrests by the Hattiesburg Police Department.