Covington County murder suspect identified

Covington County murder suspect identified
James Caves was charged with murder and had his bond set at $1 million. (Source: Covington County Sheriff's Office)

COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Authorities in Covington County are investigating after a 46-year-old man was shot to death Sunday evening.

Covington County Coroner Chris DaQuila said Paul Edward Pierce was shot several times at his home on Evergreen Church Road.

Sheriff Darrell Perkins said the shooting stemmed from some kind of dispute between Pierce and James Caves.

Perkins said Pierce and Caves knew one another, and an argument between the two men led to a fight sometime before 7 p.m.

According to the sheriff, Caves shot Pierce once in the leg as they fought outside the home.

After Pierce made it back inside, Perkins said Caves fired five more rounds through an exterior door as he was leaving the scene.

Caves left the scene before deputies arrived, but turned himself in to the sheriff’s office a short time later.

Perkins said Caves was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held at the Covington County Jail on a $1 million bond.

DaQuila said Pierce’s body was sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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