Four suspects in custody in connection to shooting death of two Laurel residents

Published: Jan. 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM CST
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Four people are in custody at the Laurel Police Department in connection to the shooting death of two laurel residents last Friday.

Two Laurel men died last Saturday after being gunned down at a South Laurel residence last Friday night, and arrests in that murder were made.

Police Chief Tyrone Stewart said, "It's about time that they pull up their saggin' pants, get a job and learn some snese because the younger generation- If the parents can't do nothin' with 'em, and if the grandparents can't do nothin' with 'em then we will."

Justin Curry, 19 years old, died at the scene and 31-year-old Bennie Owens died in surgery at the hospital after being shot multiple times as they were exiting the front door of the home.

Two men and women are in custody, Brittany Waters, who is 20 years old ,and Sylvashia Mcdonald, 18 years old, are charged with hindering prosecution. Maurice Jones, 23 years old, and Gregory Jerome Nix, 22 years old were also charged with two counts murder, one count aggravated assault.

"This investigation is not complete by a long shot," said Stewart.

Stewart also said that more arrests could be made in connection to the murder.

"I'd just like to say it's a sad way to start 2014. We have some good citizens in the City of Laurel, some caring people and it's a sad way to begin the year," said Mayor Johnny Magee. "But we are fortunate to have the kind of law enforcement that we have in Laurel, and we commend them for the job well done and it's just unfortunate that it had to come to this."

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