Only one man allegedly fired the shots that killed Hattiesburg police officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin J. Deen during a traffic stop on May 9, 2015, but in the following days, more and more arrests were made.
All told, nine people were charged in connection with the incident.
Marvin Banks, 29, is the man police believe shot and killed Deen and Tate. He was arrested just hours after the murders, and charged with two counts of capital murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand larceny for taking one of the officer’s cruisers and fleeing the scene.
Banks was booked into the Forrest County Jail and held without bond — until Dec. 11, when he was found unresponsive in his cell.
Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee said CPR was performed on Banks before he was transported to Forrest General Hospital, but he was pronounced dead around 8 p.m. that evening.
An autopsy performed at the state crime lab in Jackson showed Banks most likely died of heart disease.
“He had an enlarged heart with some scar tissue, so that definitely points toward heart disease,” Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said.
He said no signs of trauma were found on the body, and no marks that might indicate recent drug use.
“Homicide is ruled out,” said Warren Strain of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which handled the investigation.
The younger brother of Marvin Banks, Curtis T. Lorenzo Banks, 27, was brought in for questioning early May 10, 2015, and charged later that day with accessory after the fact of capital murder. His bond was set at $100,000 for the charge.
He also has an unrelated outstanding charge of sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school.
He is accused of trying to help his brother hide from police by taking him to a Hattiesburg motel.
Curtis Banks remains in Forrest County Jail, pending trial. His trial date has not yet been set.
Believed to have been the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over by Deen, Joanie Tiachella Calloway, 23, at first was charged with two counts of capital murder. Those charges later were reduced to one count each of attempted accessory after the fact of capital murder and first-degree hindering prosecution, but Judge Gay Polk-Payton declined to say at Calloway's initial court appearance why the charge was lowered.
Calloway was indicted for her role in trying to get accused murderer Marvin Banks away from the scene of the officers' shootings, allegedly yelling repeatedly for Marvin Banks to get back in the car after the shootings took place. After he did not respond, she is said to have left the scene without him.
She also is accused of misleading police on Marvin Banks' identity, again to help him evade law enforcement.
Polk-Payton lowered Calloway's recommended bond of $100,000 to $75,000.
Calloway has been out on bond since July 17. Her initial trial date was set for May 10, but has been continued. A new trial will be scheduled for later this summer.
Cornelius Clark, 29, the third person believed to be in the car with Marvin Banks and Calloway, was arrested May 10, 2015, and charged with first-degree hindering prosecution.
He is accused of trying to hide physical evidence in the shooting, allegedly disposing of the shirt he was wearing when the officers' shootings occurred to keep from being recognized as police searched for suspects.
A bond of $100,000 was recommended, but it was lowered by Polk-Payton.
He has remained free on $75,000 bond since June 10. His initial trial date was scheduled for April 27, but has been continued. He has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to see if he is capable of standing trial.
No new trial date has been set.
Abram 'Pete' Franklin
Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin, 30, of Hattiesburg was arrested May 13, 2015. He was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution.
Franklin allegedly tried to hide the fact that Curtis Banks was hiding in his attic, making it more difficult for police to locate him.
His bond was set at $75,000 — lower than the recommended $100,000.
Douglas Diquan McPhail, 22, of Hattiesburg was arrested May 15, 2015, and charged with conspiracy and first-degree hindering prosecution.
McPhail is accused of conspiring with Anquanette L. Alexander to hide or dispose of physical evidence, namely Marvin Banks' shirt allegedly worn during the officers' shooting.
Although $100,000 bond was recommended to Forrest County Justice Court Judge Robert Davis, Davis did not believe McPhail's involvement warranted such a high bond.
"The circumstances and involvement — I don't think that what I know or have heard about the case warrants a bond of that nature," Davis said at McPhail's initial court appearance. "$15,000 bond will be sufficient to guarantee his appearance in the courtroom when called upon."
McPhail remains free on $15,000 bond. His trial date is set for July 26.
Anquanette L. Alexander, 19, of Hattiesburg was arrested May 15, 2015, and charged with conspiracy and first-degree hindering prosecution for her alleged role in disposing of Marvin Banks' shirt.
Davis similarly gave Alexander a lower bond after considering her circumstances and answers to his questions. He said Alexander had no prior felonies and had been born and raised in Forrest County.
She remains free on $10,000 bond. Her trial date was set for May 11, but has been continued. A new trial date will be set for later this summer.
Jimmy 'Jimbo' Brady
Jimmy "Jimbo" Velton Brady, 23, of Petal was arrested May 15, 2015, and charged with possession of a stolen weapon — a .40-caliber Smith & Wessonhandgun, which, according to his indictment, was stolen from Brady's father, Jimmy Brady Sr. — and selling or transferring it to Marvin Banks.
The gun was found May 14, 2015, by a maintenance crew cutting grass near Railroad Street in Hattiesburg. It was tested at the state crime lab in Biloxi, where it later was determined to be the murder weapon.
Brady's bond was revoked on a previous charge of aggravated domestic violence before Davis set bond at $20,000 on the possession of a stolen weapon charge.
He remains in the Forrest County Jail. His trial date is set for July 27.
Brodrick Kendell Varnado Jr., 26, of Hattiesburg was arrested May 27, 2015, and charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $90,000 by Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry.
Forrest County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Castle requested bond to be set at $100,000, in part because of Varnado's alleged involvement with the handgun officials say was used to kill Deen and Tate.
"That's consistent with what I've asked for across the board, for every other (suspect) other than the shooter himself," she said in an earlier story.
Varnado, convicted of sexual battery in 2014, allegedly was the person who hid the murder weapon.
He remains free on bond. His trial date was set for May 12, but it was continued. A new trial date will be set for later this summer.