Suspect dies from injuries he sustained during pursuit

TUPELO – The second suspect in a Nov. 9 robbery in Corinth has died in a Tupelo hospital from injuries he suffered while fleeing police.
Asa Warren, 25, of Tuscumbia, Ala., died Friday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said Capt. Ralph Dance of the Corinth Police Department. Warren had been in a coma since the robbery.
Dance was informed of the death Saturday and notified the Tennessee FBI officials who had taken over the investigation from local law enforcement, he said.
Authorities suspected Warren was the man who held up the SouthBank branch on South Harper Road in Corinth last month, wielding a gun and getting away with an unspecified amount of cash.
Warren was injured in an auto accident that killed 24-year-old Vida Byrd, also of Tuscumbia. Byrd was driving the sport utility vehicle that police suspected was fleeing the scene of the robbery.
During pursuit by law enforcement from several jurisdictions, Byrd lost control of the SUV, which flipped on U.S. 72 in Iuka and ejected both occupants who were not wearing seat belts. Byrd was pronounced dead soon after at North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka.
Evidence gathered at the site of the crash led authorities to believe that Warren could be a suspect in the Nov. 6 robbery of a bank in Ardmore, Tenn.
Corinth police recovered all the money taken in the Corinth robbery and returned it to the bank before turning all other evidence they had collected in the case to the FBI office in Tupelo a couple of weeks ago, Dance said.
The Corinth Police Department closed its file on the case although additional cash not involved in the Corinth robbery was recovered at the accident site.
An FBI official could not be reached Tuesday for comment on the agency’s disposition of the case.
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