Police arrest slain Jackson State student's cousin

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Jackson police have arrested a cousin of Jackson State University student Nolan Ryan Henderson III, who was shot to death on Sunday outside an apartment building.

Jarrod Emerson, 25, was charged Wednesday with murder of Henderson, 19, of Atlanta, the Clarion-Ledger reported.

Police said Henderson reportedly was in a fight with several Jackson State football players at an off-campus pool party. Emerson told investigators that Henderson called and asked him to come over because he’d been assaulted. They went back and confronted the people.

Police say Emerson allegedly pulled his gun and fired several shots. They say Henderson was shot as the crowd scattered, and ballistics tests found that the bullet from his body matched Emerson’s gun.

Police spokeswoman Colendula Green said officers early Sunday found Henderson’s body on a walkway inside the Palisades Apartments. Henderson reportedly lived on campus but was attending a pool party at the apartment complex. He was shot once.

Assistant Chief Lee Vance said police tested two weapons.

Vance said the investigation is being hampered by a number of different accounts from witnesses.

Family members told the newspaper the poolside barbecue was arranged by some JSU football players as a goodbye party for outgoing seniors.

At one point, a fight broke out between Henderson and players, said Sanya Henderson and the victim’s father, Nolan, both of whom have spoken with police.

The shooting began after the alleged assault, when Henderson and his friend returned, Kinnel said.

“Shots rang out, and he was hit,” Sanya Henderson said.

David Hoard, vice president for institutional advancement at JSU, said he was unaware of any football players’ involvement in the shooting.

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