$1M bond set; woman accused in killing

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By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for the woman accused of fatally shooting her brother Tuesday morning.

Latosha Isby, 27, of Tupelo, was charged Tuesday afternoon with the murder of Eric Isby, 24, who died of a gunshot wound early Tuesday afternoon.

At least one Bryson Drive resident, who also was a friend of Eric Isby, was awake after the 2 a.m. incident.

Shirley Price, 35, said her oldest son was awakened by the early morning argument that allegedly led to the shooting.

“No one on the street heard anything,” she said. “If my son hadn’t come to wake me up, I wouldn’t have known what happened.”

Price went to Eric Isby’s apartment where she saw his frantic girlfriend, who called the police and told Price to put pressure on the wound. She said the wound appeared to have come from a small-caliber bullet.

Price said police arrived about eight minutes after being called. They were called when Latosha Isby ran away.

Price said she has lived on the street for more than eight years and has known the two Isby siblings since they were in their teens.

“It’s sad that an argument over nothing turned into this,” she said. “I hate it. This is usually such a quiet street.”

Tupelo Police Detective Beth Smith said the argument, as far as investigators can tell, was over nothing serious and occurred in front of Eric Isby’s residence. Latosha Isby did not live at the residence where the shooting occurred.

Latosha Isby was found by police at a nearby apartment shortly after the incident. Bryson Drive is within 300 yards of at least four apartment complexes along Milford Street.

Isby was charged with aggravated assault, and her brother was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center.

Price said there are children who live in Eric Isby’s home but none were home at the time of the shooting.

Eric Isby died from his wound early Tuesday afternoon and Latosha Isby’s charge was upgraded to murder. Latosha Isby was still in the Lee County Jail on Wednesday.

jb.clark@journalinc.com