Man charged in Sumrall homicide

Man charged in Sumrall homicide
Donald King Jr. (Photo source: Sumrall Police Department)

SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - A Sumrall man is behind bars and charged with murder in relation to a May homicide investigation.

Donald King Jr., 35, was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

King was charged in the shooting death of Kimberly Lucus-Raynes, who was found dead outside a home at 11 Mulberry Street in Sumrall.

"This is something that finally came together with the help of the 15th Circuit Court District Attorney's Office, MBI, Lamar County Sheriff's Department, my investigators and the Hattiesburg Police Department," Sumrall Police Chief Chris Dungan said.

King is booked at the Lamar County Jail where he is awaiting his initial appearance.

The scene

A Wednesday night death investigation in Sumrall has now been ruled a homicide.

Kimberly Lucus-Raynes, 44, was found deceased outside a home at 11 Mulberry Street in Sumrall.

The body was sent to the state crime lab in Jackson, and the preliminary autopsy showed that Raynes died from a single gunshot wound.

According to Sumrall Police Chief Chris Dungan, the call came in just after 5 p.m. and the caller stated a woman was on the porch of the home on Mulberry St.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and investigators from the 15th District Attorney's Office were called in to assist the Sumrall Police with the investigation.

According to investigators, the home on Mulberry Street was not the residence of Raynes.

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of death at the scene Wednesday night, and were waiting on autopsy results to classify the death.