Holmes County inmate's death is possible homicide

LEXINGTON — The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the death of a jail inmate as a possible homicide.

Sheriff Willie March said Thursday that inmate Kelvin R. Hollimon was in a large holding cell at the Holmes County Jail on Tuesday evening when inmates alerted guards that he was hurt. Hollimon was found lying on the floor of the cell. He later died at a Jackson hospital.

“We’re doing an investigation and opened it as a possible homicide,” March said.

March said an autopsy was pending, but officials have tentatively labeled the cause of death as blunt trauma to the head. There were several inmates in the cell with Hollimon. March said investigators have a possible suspect but no charges have been filed, according to a story in The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson.

Hollimon, 24, was serving a sentence for a burglary conviction in Forrest County. March said he did not know how long he had been at the jail, which holds some 250 state inmates along with about 50 county prisoners. According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections Website, Holliman was sentenced to 14 years in prison – seven years each on two burglary convictions. He was scheduled for release on May 20, 2022. March said Hollimon did not have a history of trouble at the jail.

The Department of Corrections also is investigating, March said.

MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps said it customary to investigate suspicious inmate deaths to see if there were procedural violations or criminal misconduct.

The Associated Press