BOONEVILLE – Charges against two men initially accused of armed robbery have been upgraded to capital murder after the Prentiss County victim died.
Steven K. Holley, 45, of Thrasher, died early Friday at North Mississippi Medical Center of multiple blows to the head that he suffered during a May 15 assault and armed robbery, said Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar.
Jeremy Huguley, 20, of Rienzi, and Charles David Burleson, 27, of Tupelo, remain in Prentiss County jail. Bond was set late Friday at $1 million for each man. However, Burleson would not be eligible to bond out since he is on hold by the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the sheriff said.
Huguley was arrested on May 15, by Booneville Police Department during a burglary in progress, Tolar said. He has no prior felony convictions.
Found in Tennessee
Burleson fled the area, but was apprehended in Somerville, Tenn., along with his girlfriend, by agents of the U.S. Marshal Service.
“We went to Fayette County about noon Thursday, where we interviewed the girlfriend,” Tolar said. “We ascertained that she had no part in what happened in Prentiss County, so we brought Burleson back with us. We interrogated him (Friday) morning.”
When U.S. Marshals arrested Burleson, Tolar said they found a mobile methamphetamine lab in the trunk of his car and a 9-mm pistol that he believes was used in the robbery of Holley.
“We initially charged them with aggravated assault, armed robbery and grand larceny, with a bond of $500,000,” Tolar said. “Now the charges have been upgraded to capital murder – because it happened in the commission of another crime – armed robbery and grand larceny.”
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