18 charges added for trio in Duff murder-for-hire plot

18 charges added for trio in Duff murder-for-hire plot
Thomas 'Tommy" Duff/Photo credit: MS Public Universities

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Eighteen new charges have been filed against the three men involved in the alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill prominent Marion County businessman Tommy Duff. 

Victor Mitchell, 42, of Sumrall, Glen Evans, 46, of Gulfport, and Howard Cameron, 47, of Biloxi were all arrested on Nov. 19, and previously charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the crime.

Thursday, the three men appeared before Lamar County Justice Court Judge Denton Plumlee where six additional charges were added for each of them.

Judge Plumlee denied bond on all of the charges for the three men, but are all allowed to have a Habeas Corpus if they choose.

Habeas Corpus is a legal challenge to a suspect's confinement.

Mitchell already had a Habeas hearing on the conspiracy to commit murder charge.

According to court files, "Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016, in the County of Lamar aforesaid, did lawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority conspire with Howard Cameron and Glen Evans to commit the crime of murder in that they did agree to kidnap, rape, torture and murder Tommy Duff against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi."

Tommy Duff:

Duff, who is an Institutions of Higher Learning board member was appointed to the IHL Board by Gov. Phil Bryant in May 2015 to represent the Second (Southern) Supreme Court District.

He is also a co-owner, along with his brother, of Duff Capital Investors, according to his biography on the Mississippi Public Universities website.

The Duff family previously released this statement:

"The Duffs were unaware of this person, attempt and know very few details, they are very pleased with how this being handled by the authorities," said a spokesperson for the family.

The three men will remain in the custody of the Lamar County Jail.