Crime

Homicides triple in Pearl River County this year

Amanda L. Guerra-Collier
Amanda L. Guerra-Collier

Pearl River County typically has only one or two homicides a year. But its killings tripled over the weekend with the county’s fifth and sixth homicides of the year, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

Both deaths occurred Saturday night.

Amanda L. Guerra-Collier, 35, of Picayune, was first arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after she allegedly stabbed a man. Neighbors on Hunt Road found the victim, who identified her as his assailant, but the man died in surgery, Tucker said.

Her charge was upgraded to murder.

The man was Robert Michael Ford, 54, of Picayune, Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said after notifying next of kin Monday.

Richard L. Carver, 18, was arrested after a Slidell, Louisiana, man was fatally shot at his home on Davis Dawsey Road, Tucker said.

Turnage identified the shooting victim as Mark Johnson, 39, who was shot multiple times during an argument.

Carver also was wanted on charges of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Tucker said Collier and Carver were being held at the county jail pending court appearances.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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