Jackson County

Convicted murderer Coda Lloyd Vice arrested in Jackson County

Jackson County Sheriff's Department has arrested Coda Lloyd Vice, 69, convicted of murder in the 1980s, and are holding him on multiple charges.

Arrested at his home in the Orange Grove community east of Moss Point, he is charge with receiving stolen property, possession of a Schedule II narcotic, oxycodone and possession of a firearm by convicted felon. The arrest was made during an investigation into stolen property.

He also is a person of interest in the death of Charlie Mason, a junkyard owner found dead at his home in the junkyard in east Moss Point.

Vice was convicted in 1981 for the murder of Tony Teague, whose body was found thrown into Black Creek off Coda Road in the Helena Community. He was chained to rebar and concrete blocks and shot, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Byrd said he will ask a grand jury to indict Vice as a habitual offender. Byrd said he hopes Vice will be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his life sentence in the Teague murder.

Vice was paroled in 2001 from his life sentence in the Teague murder. He served 22 years of that sentence.

So far, the connection to the Mason murder is that Vice purchased a .22 rifle a week before Mason's death. Mason was shot with a .22 caliber bullet.

"We know he was with Mason the day before he died," Byrd said.

Read more about this story in Saturday's Sun Herald.