Murder-for-hire suspect has bond revoked



By Adam Armour

Itawamba County Times

FULTON – Bond has been revoked for a Fulton man accused of conspiring to murder witnesses in a Fairview area burglary case.

Matthew Graham, 43, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Jim Pounds in Lee County Circuit Court on Thursday. Pounds revoked the $50,000 bond Graham had been issued following his burglary arrest on Oct. 16. That bond was issued by Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Barry Davis.

Graham was one of three men accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Fairview area home of his former father-in-law, Wayne Cleveland.

Following his release, Graham was arrested on Oct. 25 for his alleged involvement in a plot to murder Cleveland and a second, unnamed individual allegedly involved in the July break-in.

That arrest was the result of an investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, including undercover work and tips provided by confidential informants.

Graham allegedly tried to pay $20,000 to have the witnesses killed. Money reportedly exchanged hands, leading to the arrest.

A second suspect in the case was arrested in Tishomingo County at the same time as Graham. The name of this suspect and his or her alleged involvement in the case have not been released by the MBI.

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