Corinth shooting suspect charged with murder

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By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A suspect in the Wednesday night shooting death of a Baldwyn man will be arraigned today on a charge of murder in Corinth municipal court.

Police have arrested Amartrie Moss, 17, of Corinth, and charged him as an adult, said Corinth Police Capt. Ralph Dance.

Moss is accused of shooting Anthony Beene, 19, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses told police Beene got out of a vehicle at John Street Park. Words were exchanged between Beene and the suspect, and when Beene began walking toward Moss, Moss fired a handgun and struck Beene several times, Dance said. Afterward, Beene ran from the park and up nearby Droke Road, where he knocked on the door of a residence and the police were called.

Police responded to the Droke Road address about 7:15 p.m. to find Beene dead on the front porch of the home.

Dance said the suspect left the scene of the park, and a manhunt was launched, aided by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department.

Moss’ mother approached Police Chief David Lancaster about 2 a.m. Thursday, saying she thought she knew where her son could be found, and asked police to hold off until she could bring him in to surrender, which he did about 3 a.m., Dance said.

Although Beene and Moss had exchanged words about a year ago and then about two weeks ago, Dance said late Thursday that investigative interviews have revealed no specific motive in the shooting.

Beene’s body has been taken to Jackson for autopsy, and the case remains under investigation.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com