Clarke Co. capital murder suspect captured in Laurel

Clarke Co. capital murder suspect captured in Laurel
Joshua Miller. Source: JCSD
Source: WDAM
Source: WDAM

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A capital murder suspect on the run for almost 24 hours was captured by Laurel Police Monday morning.

Laurel Detective Kim Stewart said he received a call from a woman around 6 a.m. Monday that Joshua Alan Miller, wanted for murder out of Clarke County, may be in a vehicle at the Laurel Hotel and Convention Center (old Ramada Inn) on Sawmill Road.

"We went to the back parking lot of the hotel where we observed a white male sitting in the back of the white SUV, at that time we took him into custody without incident," said Stewart.  "We recovered a handgun possibly used in the crime in Clarke County."

Prior to his capture, Miller was last seen Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Motel on Highway 11 off I-59.  Authorities warned he was considered armed and "extremely" dangerous.  The Magnolia Motel is about five miles from where Miller was taken into custody.

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp said Jones County deputies found a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder believed to be driven by Miller along a wooded area I-59 while patrolling overnight Saturday.

Sheriff Kemp said the suspect's vehicle is now being processed by the Clarke County Sheriff's Department for the investigation.

According to the Clarke County Sheriff's Department's Facebook Page, witnesses saw someone jumping or being pushed out of a vehicle on CR 350 close to the city limits of Stonewall around 7 a.m. Saturday.   Sheriff Kemp said Chief Street with the Stonewall Police responded and after speaking with the individual, a body was discovered about a quarter mile up the road on CR 350.

After further investigation, deputies identified the victim as John Wayne James.  Sheriff Kemp said James suffered an apparent gunshot to the head.

The individual who exited the vehicle told authorities the alleged shooter was Joshua Alan Miller.

This is a developing story. We will have more information as we receive it.