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Doss charged with murder; bail set today

January 11, 2012

A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday shooting death at 1816 Stowood Road has been charged with murder, Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff Chadd Garnett said.

Bail for Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, will be set today. The time he will appear before the Oktibbeha County Justice Court is unknown. Doss is charged with killing 38-year old Larry Davis, his uncle, with what authorities say is a medium caliber handgun.

The pursuit for Doss, which Garnett said lasted approximately five hours, ultimately took officers to a pasture in the Rock Hill Road area in eastern Oktibbeha County. When the main officers returned to the sheriff’s office to determine a new plan for finding him, Doss, with assistance from family members, turned himself in at approximately 9:45 p.m.

“We felt like we had him surrounded in the open field and searched that area. There was an abandoned mobile home, which we cleared,” Garnett said. “We left uniformed officers in the area searching and came back to the sheriff’s department to decide what our next action would be. While we were in that meeting is when he turned himself in.”

Garnett said Davis, who lived with Doss at the residence where the shooting occurred, sustained a single gunshot wound in the torso area. Doss’ distance from Davis when he allegedly fired the shot is unknown, but because the incident occurred inside the residence, the shot was likely at close range, officials said.

“They were in a 16(-foot) wide mobile home with furniture, so it wasn’t a long-range shot by any means,” he said.

Garnett said there had been no previous OCSO calls to the residence.

“We had not taken calls where these two had been involved in a previous altercation,” he said. “There is no history we are aware of.”

Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said one of the volunteers spotted Doss not long after EMS crews arrived.

“He said he saw the subject we were looking for (and) showed us the direction where he walked off and how he was dressed,” Rosenhan said. “After the sheriff’s office rendered the scene secure, we stood by as requested. The sheriff’s office requested use of our thermal imagers. We were also ready with floodlights because we thought he might be holed off somewhere.”

Garnett said the assistance provided by OCVFD and other area law enforcement was helpful in OCSO’s search.

“We want to thank Starkville Police Department, Mississippi State University Police Department, Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Departments and citizens of the community for their assistance in the search,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the US Marshals for their help in attempting to locate him.”

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