One arrested in connection to Corinth deaths, fire

Crime StockBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

CORINTH – Police have one suspect in custody in connection with two bodies found in a burning Second Street home early Thursday morning.

Corinth Police Capt. Ralph Dance said they have taken Sirdon Companion Greer, 27, of Corinth, into custody and will formally charge him as soon as they can take him before a judge, which will likely be Tuesday due to the Presidents Day holiday.

The bodies of brothers James Copeland, 66, and Jerry Copeland, 64, were discovered at their 912 Second St. home, after firefighters extinguished a fire that was reported about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, said Fire Chief Billy Briggs.

Dance said suspicious elements of the fire and victims caused them to investigate further.

The two men were found to have been shot in the head before the house was set on fire.

“They knew something didn’t look right because it was burnt real bad and there was blood under their heads and that didn’t look right,” Dance said. “(Friday) we got a verbal on the cause of death and kicked the investigation into high gear around lunch.”

Greer will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

Dance alleged the suspect knew the two brothers through Jerry Copeland’s son, which is why he would have been allowed to enter the home.

Police allege Greer was taking revenge for a domestic situation involving his wife and Jerry Copeland’s son.

Dance said Greer was taken into custody at a Tupelo residence with the help of Tupelo Police.

Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster said he is proud of the job his investigators have done.

“Our detectives have done a good job in working this case,” he said. “They’ve stayed with it since the fire, and that’s what it takes.”

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