By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
Tishomingo resident William “Monroe” Walden has pleaded “not guilty” to the murder of his cousin.
Walden appeared in court for his arraignment on Monday. He entered his plea in front of Judge Jim Pounds.
Walden, 22, of 3055 County Road 961, is charged with the Jan. 20 shooting death of his cousin, Rosa Ables, 30, at his mother’s residence at 327 Brown Road Northeast, Golden.
Walden allegedly shot his cousin, who was visiting from out of town, in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun after the two had an argument over narcotics.
Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department said Walden was sober at the time of the shooting. He allegedly confessed to the crime several days after his arrest.
Since his arrest, Walden has been held at the Itawamba County Jail on a $1-million bond. He was indicted by the Itawamba County Grand Jury on March 13.