UPDATE: Man arrested in five-year-old murder case

WEST POINT — After more than five years, a Clay County murder once thought to be a cold case may have been solved.

Clay County Sheriff’s investigators on Monday arrested 38-year-old Robert Rupert, of West Point, on one count of capital murder in connection with the Dec. 4, 2003, shooting death of Starkville resident Roosevelt Pernell III.

Officers believe Rupert was involved in the 2003 murder-for-hire of Pernell and the attempted murder of Pernell’s brother, Cedric.

According to police reports, Rupert and possibly other gunmen used sniper-style firearms to shoot and kill Roosevelt Pernell and wound Cedric Pernell. Authorities believe the killing was drug-related.

Authorities say Rupert is currently serving a 30-year sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a previous sale of cocaine charge.

The Associated Press