Shooting suspect returns to Jones Co. for initial court appearance

The judge ordered a $125,000 bond, but Loretta Elkins must first serve 21 days in jail before bonding out due to a hold by the Mississippi Dept. of Corrections.
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 9:17 AM CDT
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JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A woman arrested in Alabama in connection to a Jones County shooting on Tuesday has been transported back to Mississippi.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Loretta Denise Elkins, the accused shooter of a four-year-old girl at Lone Oak Apartments, was transported by JCSD corrections officers on Friday morning from Sumter County, Ala.

“We greatly appreciate the assistance of authorities in Sumter County, Ala., in the apprehension, incarceration and transfer of Loretta Elkins to our custody,” said Sheriff Joe Berline. “She will now go before the court system here in Jones County to answer for her alleged crime of aggravated assault against a child.”

The four-year-old was last reported to be in stable condition following surgery at a children’s hospital in Jackson.

Elkins made her initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court on Wednesday, Sept. 23. She faces one count of aggravated assault.

The judge ordered a $125,000 bond, but Elkins must first serve 21 days in jail before bonding out due to a hold by the Mississippi Dept. of Corrections.

MDOC reported that Elkins had unpaid misdemeanor charges from 2012 that totaled $2,100.

This story will be updated when more information is provided.

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