HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg community remembers officers Benjamin Deen and Liqouri Tate four years after they were killed in the line of duty. The Hattiesburg Police Department calls May 9, 2015 one of the darkest hours in the city’s history.
Deen, 34, and Tate, 25, were gunned down during a traffic stop that night on East 4th Street.
A monument honoring the memory of the fallen officers now sits near where they lost their lives. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, HPD will hold a memorial balloon release in remembrance of Deen and Tate at the monument.
In the years since the deadly shooting, eight suspects have been sentenced for their roles in the crime.
The alleged triggerman, Marvin Banks, died from heart disease in the Forrest County Jail before he went to trial.
Banks' brother, Curtis Banks, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm in March 2018. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and possession of a stolen firearm. Franklin was sentenced to serve five years for each count. Those sentences will run concurrently.
Cornelius Clark pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in September 2017. He was sentenced to five years, with only two to serve on house arrest and the remaining three on post-release supervision.
Douglas McPhail and Anquanette Alexander pleaded guilty in June 2017 to charges of first-degree hindering prosecution and conspiracy. McPhail was sentenced to two years of house arrest followed by three years of probation. Alexander's sentence was five years of probation.
Alexander was arrested again in September 2018 on a charge of murder. She is accused of killing her boyfriend, Greg Hawthorne. Investigators said Hawthorne was shot to death inside his home on Cypress Avenue. Alexander remains behind bars at the Forrest County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Broderick Kendell Varnado pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of capital murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on May 22, 2017. Varnado was sentenced to 20 years with 12 to serve.
Joanie Calloway was convicted of attempted accessory after the fact of capital murder and hindering prosecution on May 3, 2017. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld her conviction in March.
Jimmy Brady pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen weapon on June 27, 2016 and was sentenced to five years in prison in addition to another 10 years for a previous charge of aggravated domestic violence.