Three murders yield four indictments

county_lafayette_greenBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – The Lafayette County grand jury has returned indictments against four defendants for three homicides involving two incidents.

Derick Boone, 23, of Laurel; Steven Wilbanks, 22, of Burnsville, N.C.; and Joseph Lyons, 20, of Houston, Texas, face charges of capital murder and grand larceny in the shooting death of Zacharias McClendon on Dec. 17, 2013.

Authorities said the suspects, as then-current or former students at the University of Mississippi, lived near the victim on County Road 140, just off College Hill Road outside of Oxford.

The indictment does not specify which of them pulled the trigger on the 16-gauge shotgun that killed McClendon, a graduate student from Gulfport.

The grand larceny charge stems from the taking of a 2004 Nissan Murano and three college textbooks. The charge of capital murder, for which a conviction would carry the possibility of being sentenced to death, reflects a killing committed in conjunction with another felony.

Boone, Wilbanks and Lyons remain in the Lafayette County Detention Center without bond.

February’s grand jury also indicted Regis Mister, 26, of Oxford on two charges of murder in the Nov. 8, 2013, shooting deaths of his mother and brother.

Mister is accused of killing Carol Mister Gary, a principal at Davidson Elementary School in Water Valley, and Patrick Gary, a 12-year-old student at Oxford Middle School, in the South Lamar Boulevard/County Road 301 home he sometimes shared with them. The killings are believed to have been committed with a handgun.

Mister remains in Lafayette County Detention Center without bond.

errol.castens@journalinc.com