Lee County grand jury rules on gun deaths

county_lee_greenBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Lee County grand jury ruled on two previously questioned gun deaths and cleared a Nettleton police officer during its June session.

Officer Robert Davis was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of Ottis Bass, which ended Bass’ shooting spree in April in downtown Nettleton. Bass killed two people before Davis shot him.

Tracy Hodges’ 2012 gunshot death was ruled a suicide by the Tupelo Police Department but questioned by Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green and Hodges’ mother.

Hodges was found dead in the front yard of his Sunflower Circle home in May 2012. Tupelo Police Lt. Jerry Davis said their investigation ruled the death a suicide. Green changed the cause of death from self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth to simply state gunshot wound to the mouth in September 2012, saying she wasn’t totally sure it was a suicide.

Davis said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also ruled it a suicide but wanted it presented to a grand jury.

The grand jury, which met June 9-13 and published its findings at the beginning of the month, said the death is consistent with suicide.

The death of Diane Reeves also was ruled self-inflicted. Reeves was found dead from a single gunshot wound in her Guntown home in March. During the initial investigation Green said questions arose surrounding the woman’s death so MBI was brought in to conduct the investigation. The jury said it is consistent with an accidental death or self-inflicted gunshot wound.

jb.clark@journalinc.com