Murder suspect held on $1 million bond




By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Missouri man is in custody charged with murder and aggravated assault following a fatal shooting in Tupelo on Saturday night.

Darryl Hamilton, 18, of St. Louis, was charged Monday with the murder of Eugene Simmons, 51, of Shannon, and Hamilton’s bond has been set at $1 million.

Tupelo Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired at North Green Street and the Rogers Lane area at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, said TPD Detective Tremaine Frison. Officers found Simmons, who had been shot several times.

Simmons was taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center where he underwent surgery and later died.

A second victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the hospital.

A barbecue was taking place near where the crime occurred, Frison said, so there were plenty of witnesses to describe the suspect, who fled on foot.

A K-9 unit helped find Hamilton a short time after the shooting.

Hamilton told investigators he was in town for a funeral in West Point, and Frison said he has no prior convictions.

Police have recovered a firearm that is believed to be the murder weapon.

Detectives still are investigating what caused the shooting, Frison said.

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