HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A weekend shooting became Hattiesburg's 5th homicide of 2016.
Griffith died of a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on January 1 by the Forrest County coroner. Police responded to her residence after there were reports of shots being fired.
The investigation led to the arrest of Theopolis Schaffer. He was charged with one count of murder, and his bond was set at $1 million.
The second homicide of the year was less than 24 hours after Griffith's death.
Kelly Ladner, 37 of Hattiesburg, died of blunt force trauma. The crime, which was originally ruled a death investigation, was upgraded to murder after an investigation led to Joe Michael Shaw Jr.
Shaw was charged with murder in connection to the crime, and his bond was set at $1 million.
Nicholas Brown, 35, of Hattiesburg was found dead in his home on Montague Street January 6. Brown's body showed signs of a severe altercation and was declared a homicide.
Shortly after his body was found his room mate, Steven Armstrong, was charged with his murder. Armstrong's bond was set at $1 million.
The shooting occurred just before 7 p.m., and a two-vehicle accident happened shortly after, which was less than a mile away from the shooting scene.
The victims were traveling in a Nissan Maxima to the hospital when they collided with a Ford F-150 at the Highway 49 and West Pine Street intersection.
The shooting victim, Madison Sims, died from his injuries on June 2nd.
Andre Baker, 24, was charged with murder after turning himself in to authorities. His bond was set at $500,000.
The fifth homicide of the year was Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of Mugshots Bar and Grill.
Corey Husband was shot multiple times in a car in the parking lot of Mugshots.
James Malik Windham was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. Demethius K Dixon was also charged with murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. A third suspect, Chadrick Dixon, was charged with hindering prosecution.
All three suspects are housed in the Forrest County Jail.