Preliminary report rules Saltillo shooting a homicide

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO -The state medical examiner has ruled the shooting death of 20-year-old Anna Catherine McCoy a homicide, but the Saltillo Police Department is not ready to say the same.
Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green said the state medical examiner’s preliminary report said McCoy’s gunshot wound was consistent with that of a homicide.
Gillentine-Green said McCoy was shot on the right side of her mouth.
Despite the medical examiner’s ruling, Saltillo police have not charged anyone in connection with the Thursday night shooting.
Investigator Mark Haygood said the department will wait for the full report before deciding whether to consider McCoy’s death a homicide. Haygood said he hopes to have the report within the next 72 hours, but neither he nor Gillentine-Green could offer an exact time frame.
“Before we charge anyone with a crime, we have to have that full autopsy report back,” said Haygood. “There are things we need to know that we only can get from the full report and that will allow us to have enough evidence to file a criminal charge against the person responsible. We want to make sure that we can prove anything we find on the report, so we are still working hard investigating the incident.”
Haygood said the department is awaiting results from a gun-residue test.
McCoy, a graduate of Tupelo High School and a member of the Itawamba Community College soccer team, was found lying across a bed shot to death at a home on 134 Willoughby Oak Drive in Saltillo. A handgun was found at the scene.
Haygood said a 23-year-old man, possibly McCoy’s boyfriend, was in the bedroom with her at the time of the shooting. Another person was also in the house then.
McCoy is the daughter of Allison and Cotton McCoy, a former Tupelo police officer.
Saltillo has not had a homicide since 2001.
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