Bond set for Hub City's 3rd homicide suspect

Montague Street
Montague Street
Published: Jan. 6, 2016 at 1:38 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 at 4:24 PM CST
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Steven Armstrong, 46 of Hattiesburg
Steven Armstrong, 46 of Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg man who was charged with murder in Hub City's third homicide of the year made his initial appearance in court Friday afternoon.

Steven Armstrong, 46, bond was set at $1 million.

Autopsy results were released in the homicide that happened Wednesday morning. According to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict, the autopsy results show that the cause of death for Nicholas Brown, 35, is blunt force trauma.

Steven Armstrong, the roommate of the victim, was taken into custody shortly after the incident and interviewed by detectives.

The scene

Hattiesburg Police received the call around 8 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a homicide at a home in the 100 block of Montague Street, according to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict identified the victim as Hattiesburg resident Brown.

Benedict said Brown's body shows signs of a severe altercation, and declared the death a homicide.

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Hattiesburg Police Crime Scene Unit as well as detectives are on scene and have a large portion of the street blocked off.

"It's kind of shocking and it's kind of disappointing at the same time, not knowing what might happen at anytime," said Barbara Hilton, a resident who lives across the street from where the incident occurred. "It was calm and quiet yesterday, last night and this morning you wake up to a murder, it's shocking."

This is a developing story. We have a reporter on scene and will provide information as it becomes available.

In 2015, the city of Hattiesburg recorded a total of six homicides.

Since Dec. 29, 2015, Hattiesburg Police have worked four homicide or death investigation scenes.

Jan. 2, 2016, police handled a death investigation into the death of  Kelly Ladner, 37, who was found dead inside her Myrtle Street home. Her boyfriend, Joe Michael Shaw, 34, was arrested and charged with murder. 

Autopsy results are still incomplete to classify the manner of death at this time.

Jan. 1, 2016, police worked the scene of the shooting death of Anna Griffith, 39, of Hattiesburg. 

Griffith was shot in the chest at Dumas Apartments & Hotel off Broadway Drive.

Theopolis Schaffer, 64, was arrested and charged with murder in the case.

Dec 29th, 2015, police investigated the shooting death of Richard Deshawn Barnes, 43, of Hattiesburg. 

Barnes was shot to death inside a truck at 929 Spencer Street in Hattiesburg. No arrests have been made at this time.

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