Four arrested in connection to Union County assault

county_union_greenBy Lynn West

New Albany Gazette

UNION COUNTY – Four people are in custody in connection with a home invasion in the western part of the county this weekend that left a local man in critical condition due to multiple stab wounds.

Charged with aggravated assault and burglary are Joshua Craig Murry, 29, of 9858 Highway 341, Pontotoc; Greg Keith Canerdy, 28, of 1013 County Road 320, Etta; and Damaris Browning, 33, of 1081 Highway 30 W. Lot 1. Initially charged with being an accessory after the fact and being held pending further investigation is Candice Nicole Gibson, 26, of 1256 County Road 18, Myrtle.

Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Gibson probably will be charged but he was not sure Monday as to what extent that would be.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. Saturday in a small trailer park area on County Road 62, off Highway 30 West, Edwards said.

“Four to five individuals went to the home, at least three went to the door and two went in,” the sheriff said.

Officers believe the two male suspects entered through an unlocked door and stabbed the sleeping occupant, whom the sheriff did not identify, about six times in the chest area.

“He also had a few defensive wounds,” Edwards said.

The man’s wife, who was also present, was not injured, and nothing was stolen from the home.

The victim was taken by ambulance to The Med in Memphis – partly due to thick fog making a helicopter flight unavailable – and underwent surgery. The sheriff said the victim was reported in stable condition Tuesday, but investigators have not talked with him since the night of the incident.

Edwards said they believe the suspects had been to the victim’s house previously and he had made them leave, angering them. Possibly because of some gang affiliation, the suspects decided to return and seek revenge for the believed ill treatment, officers believe.

Although injured, the victim was able to identify his attackers and Union County deputies located and arrested two – Murry and Gibson – in Pontotoc County about daylight, thanks to help from the Pontotoc Sheriff’s Department. A third – Browning – was located late Saturday and the fourth – Canerdy – turned himself in about noon Monday.

The sheriff said all four suspects are on parole or probation, mostly for drug-related offenses, so parole violation charges are likely for them as well.

Bond for Murry, Canerdy and Browning was set at $70,000 each – $50,000 for the aggravated assault charge and $20,000 for the burglary. Bond for Gibson will depend on final charges.

“It really was a home invasion, but we don’t have a statute for that on the books, so we are going with burglary,” the sheriff said.

Officers had not recovered the weapon Monday, but Edwards was confident they have the correct suspects in custody. Investigators were expected to go talk with the victim Tuesday.

“We were more concerned about getting these people all in custody first and off the street,” the sheriff said.