IHL board member targeted in alleged murder plot

IHL board member targeted in alleged murder plot

PINE BELT (WDAM) - An Institutions of Higher Learning board member who is a prominent businessman in Marion County was the target of an alleged weekend murder plot.

On Monday, it was revealed that the intended target was Thomas "Tommy" Duff.

Duff was appointed to the IHL Board by Gov. Phil Bryant in May 2015 to represent the Second (Southern) Supreme Court District.

He a is co-owner, along with his brother, of Duff Capital Investors, according to his biography on the Mississippi Public Universities website.

In the suspects' detention hearing, bond was denied for all three suspects.

Charges for the suspects are as follows:

  • Glenn Evans of Gulfport, 46, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder
  • Howard Cameron of Biloxi, 47, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder
  • Victor Mitchell of Sumrall, 42, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder

Attorney Michael Reed asked for bond to be set for his client, Victor Mitchell, but it was denied. Assistant District Attorney Doug Miller said, "he is a special danger to others in the community."

"As sinister as this plot was, that we are learning and certainly we are just in preliminary investigations at this point, but everything we are hearing now certainly mandates in our mind that they are just a risk to the community, a flight risk, but also just a true risk to the community and they just don't need to be out," 15th Circuit Court District District Attorney Hal Kittrell said.

When it comes to a murder-for-hire plot, or a type of crime like this, Kittrell said this is not the first for the area.

"It can happen, it has happened, I mean this plot was ah.... I'm still amazed at what is was, I'm still amazed at the sinister plot that they had, but I can assure you, we will be dealing with it," Kittrell said.

The Duffs released this statement Monday afternoon pertaining to the matter.

"The Duffs were unaware of this person, attempt and know very few details, they are very pleased with how this being handled by the authorities," said a spokesperson for the family.

Previous reports: 

Three men were arrested and facing conspiracy charges in connection to an alleged murder plot of a prominent Marion County businessman.

Cameron, Evans and Mitchell were charged with conspiracy to commit murder according to Mississippi Bureau of Investigations spokesperson Warren Strain.

"The three men were arrested and booked into the Lamar County Jail, they will make their initial appearance on Monday, and the investigation is ongoing," Strain said.

The men were arrested around 1 a.m. Saturday at the T&D Mini Mart at the corner of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and Monroe Road in Forrest County by members of the Lamar and Marion County Sheriff's Department, Hattiesburg Police Department and MBI. 

No one, including Duff was harmed in the incident, according to Strain.

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