Corinth murder suspect pleads, sentenced to life in prison

djournal_Court-NewsBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A suspect held on a murder charge in Alcorn County Jail since April 2012, pleaded guilty in Alcorn County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Norman Tyrone Mitchell, 38, of North Madison Street, Corinth, was charged with murder in the death of Tavarus Holland, 29.

Judge Thomas Gardner III accepted Mitchell’s plea to the charge of murder and sentenced him to life in prison. Attorney Clay Nails represented Mitchell.

“The Corinth Police Department did an excellent and professional job during this investigation that resulted in a conviction,” said District Attorney Trent Kelly.

The shooting happened the night of April 20, 2012, outside a party being held at the rented American Legion building in Corinth. Witnesses said Mitchell waited for Holland to come outdoors some time after midnight, and accused him of being an informant to the police, after which Mitchell shot Holland.

Mitchell left the scene, but was arrested April 21, 2012, by Corinth Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Bond was set at $500,000, but MDOC placed a hold on Mitchell because he was on probation for another offense.

Holland was transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center with a gunshot wound, where he was pronounced dead.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com