Lafayette homicides suspect surrenders

OXFORD – An Oxford man surrendered at the Lafayette County Detention Center on Friday in connection with the shooting of three people on July 11 at their rural home southeast of Oxford.
Caleb Carrothers, 27, turned himself in to Lafayette County law enforcement authorities at about 9:20 a.m. He was first spotted near the Oxford Police Department before police and sheriff’s officers swarmed the neighborhood.
Carrothers had not previously been identified to the public as a suspect, but authorities say they are confident he is involved. Asked if any other suspects are being sought, Scott Mills, chief investigator for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, said, “Not at this time.”
Frank Taylor Clark II, 44, and his son, Charles Taylor Clark, 20, were killed just before midnight a week ago. Tonya Clark, wife and mother of the two men, respectively, survived being shot. Another son, Josh, was at home when the shooting happened but was not injured.
Carothers, who lives in the Brittany Woods subdivision just east of Oxford, is charged with two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated robbery, Mills said. Bond has not been set.
Members of the Clark family actually got word of the arrest during the funeral for the father and son in Memphis.
The Oxford Eagle quoted Pastor Jerry East of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, who officiated at the service, as saying, “What this person has done is cold-blooded murder, and I pray justice will be done.”
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