Grand jury: Young shot McCords, then himself

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Wiley Young killed two women and then himself last March in their home in the Macedonia community, a Lee County grand jury concludes.
The grand jury, which met five days during June, said in its official report that it inquired into the deaths of Young, Danika McCord and Destiny McCord after an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
“The deaths … were consistent with being a double homicide caused by Wiley Young,” said the June 28 report signed by its foreman.
It also concluded that after Young fatally shot the women, he committed suicide.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said even though all persons associated with the County Road 49 were dead, taking the evidence to the grand jury seemed an appropriate way to get an official explanation for what happened.
“This wasn’t just us (his office) saying what happened, it was the opinion of 21 other people,” he said Monday. “We just wanted an agreement on what happened.”
Soon after the bodies were discovered on Tuesday March 26, Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said autopsy results showed that Young, 55, killed himself. She also said her examinations determined that the women found in the home with him were homicide victims.
Destiny McCord was 13, and her mother, Danika McCord, was 46. Young lived there in a relationship with Danika McCord, who owned the home.
Paul Howell, a spokesman for District Attorney Trent Kelly, said he believes the grand jury’s official findings give the families “some closure.”
“Obviously, it’s impossible to indict someone in this case,” he said.
The sheriff said his office’s investigation showed that the last time anyone saw the three in public was March 24 at church.
He said cell phone records showed that someone in the house communicated with someone else outside the house as late as 7 p.m. Sunday. He didn’t specify if the communication was through a call or text messages. After that they weren’t heard from again.
Friends and family reported trying to reach the three March 25 without any luck. Young’s son, a Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks game warden, found them when he went to check on his father.
Green said the autopsy showed Young died from a gunshot wound to his mouth. Both McCords had fatal gunshot wounds to their heads.
A .45-caliber handgun was found near the bodies.
No explanation has ever been found for why Young shot the women, although a McCord relative said Danika McCord was afraid of him.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com