Corinth murder suspect arraigned, bond set

n Eric Howell of Corinth was
charged with murder in the death
of Tarvis Damron, also of Corinth.

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A 29-year-old Corinth man was charged with murder Tuesday in the Saturday night shooting of Tarvis Damron.

Eric Howell, of 608 Martin Luther King Drive, was arraigned in municipal court by Judge John Ross, who set bond at $750,000.

Howell is on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said Police Chief David Lancaster, so he expects the state agency to place a hold that would prevent Howell being released on bond.

Police were called to a disturbance at the John Street Park about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Lancaster said, where apparently Howell and Damron were in a fight.

However, Howell was not there when police arrived, and they found Damron, 30, with a gunshot wound. Based on witness statements, police searched for Howell and arrested him without incident, Lancaster said.

Victim Damron also was wounded in a June shooting, but Lancaster said there is not believed to be a link between the two incidents, In fact, he said, the suspect and victim were related to each other.

Howell has asked that a public defender be assigned to his case, and Ross said he will be notified if he qualifies for representation or must get his own attorney.

The case remains under investigation by Capt. Ralph Dance and Detective Steve Wallace, but they do not believe any other suspects were involved, the chief said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822
or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.