Hattiesburg man charged with murder; victim identified

Hattiesburg man charged with murder; victim identified

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A 31-year-old Hattiesburg man has been charged with first-degree murder after an early-morning shooting Sunday left a woman dead.

Billy Lester was arrested after police responded to what they described as a “domestic incident” in the 400 block of Martin Luther Avenue about 3:40 a.m.

Hattiesburg police discovered a female dead from an apparent gunshot wound in a nearby vacant lot, and Lester was taken into custody across the street in the 100 block of Ruby Avenue.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict identified the woman as 19-year-old Shayna Cline.

According to Hattiesburg police, Lester had been in a relationship with Cline.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Hattiesburg Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Avenue...

Posted by Hattiesburg Police Department (Official) on Sunday, July 21, 2019

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