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Man accused in body-in-freezer case ordered back to Jackson County

Thomas Elliot Stafford will be extradited to Jackson County to face a capital murder charge in the strangulation death of his roommate.
Thomas Elliot Stafford will be extradited to Jackson County to face a capital murder charge in the strangulation death of his roommate.

A man accused of killing his roommate and stuffing his body into an unplugged freezer in the Latimer community will soon be back in Jackson County to face a capital murder charge, a judge ordered Thursday.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said Thomas Elliot Stafford strangled 65-year-old Jerry Kirkendall March 3, put his body in the freezer, stole his Cadillac and sold it to a cousin in Alabama, then caught a bus to Portland, Oregon.

Stafford, 40, was arrested by U.S. marshals in Portland on March 25. At a drug probation violation hearing Thursday, a judge did not sentence Stafford to any more jail time but ordered him extradited to Jackson County.

Ezell said travel arrangements are being made to get Stafford back to South Mississippi.

Justin Mitchell

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