Bond set for Corinth murder, arson suspect

news_crime_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Bond was set Monday at $1.2 million for a suspect charged in a double homicide and arson last week at a Corinth residence.

Sirdon Companion Greer, 27, of Corinth, appeared in Corinth Municipal Court with Judge John Ross presiding and was charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson in the shooting deaths of James Copeland, 67, and Jerry Copeland, 64, at their home.

The bodies of the two brothers were discovered after firefighters extinguished a fire at the 912 Second St. residence that was reported about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 13. An autopsy revealed that both men had been shot in the head before the house was set on fire.

Bond was set at $500,000 on each count of murder and $200,000 for the arson.

After Greer said he was unable to afford an attorney, Corinth attorney Clay Nails was appointed to serve as his public defender.

Nails requested a reduction in the bond, contending that the amount was excessive.

District Attorney Trent Kelly said if there were any change in the bond it should be raised rather than lowered, and Ross let the bond amount stand.

Greer was taken into custody at a Tupelo residence on Feb. 15, with the help of Tupelo Police, said Corinth Police Capt. Ralph Dance.

Dance said at the time of the arrest that the suspect knew the two brothers through Jerry Copeland’s son, which is why he would have been allowed to enter the home.

Police allege Greer was taking revenge for a domestic situation involving his wife and Jerry Copeland’s son.

Nails said he will file a writ of habeas corpus in circuit court to again challenge the amount of the bond.

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