Jury finds man guilty of 2017 murder in Marion Co.

Jury finds man guilty of 2017 murder in Marion Co.

MARION COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Handy Anthony Willis Jr. is facing life in prison after a Marion County jury found him guilty Thursday of murdering Tamaneka Murree Alexander.

Willis will learn his fate on May 14. The hearing is set for 9 a.m.

Willis shot Alexander, 30, at a home on Water Valley Road in the Foxworth community in October 2017. She later died at an area hospital.

Investigators said a domestic dispute led to the deadly shooting.

Willis was also shot during the incident, investigators said, but he recovered from his injuries and was then released into law enforcement custody.

Alexander’s family say while the verdict won’t bring the mother of five and beloved sister back, it means a lot to them.

“It definitely gives us peace of mind and kids a peace at heart, and I just pray for both families because it is a sad situation,” said Alexander’s sister, Tina.

One of Alexander’s daughters, Amilya, found her mother injured and made the 911 call. During the trial, Amilya took the stand to testify.

“I went up there and did what I did and it got my momma justice,” Amilya said after.

Alexander’s family member Kiara Rawls stood by Amilya.

“She is happy. Right now she is smiling down on this girl right here, this is a hero,” Rawls said. “She finally got her momma justice. She happy, that’s the only thing I can say.”

The trial lasted four days and the jury deliberated for more than an hour.

The family stressed the saying on their shirts, “love should not hurt.” They urged anyone feeling trapped or scared in a relationship to reach out to loved ones and find a safe way out.

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