Crime

A salon owner was shot dead. 4 women were arrested. Nobody’s been charged in her killing.

Jasmine Anderson, Lamonica Boone, Phyllis Williams, and Tinisha Massey
Jasmine Anderson, Lamonica Boone, Phyllis Williams, and Tinisha Massey

No one has been arrested in the killing of a 27-year-old woman at College Villa Apartments.

It appears no one is under investigation on a charge of murder or manslaughter or even capital murder.

The homicide of 27-year-old Taleya Guy on Monday night has an unusual set of circumstances, according to the Gautier Police Department and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

Guy, from Moss Point, had gone the apartment complex on Ladnier Road with four women who are from Moss Point and Pascagoula, Police Capt. Casey Baxter said.

Guy, a mother, was a hair stylist and part owner of Honey B’s Salon, according to her Facebook page.

The four women were each arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Baxter said police met with the District Attorney’s Office on the case “and that’s the charges they agreed to.” Baxter said he doesn’t want to jeopardize the case by giving details before the case goes to trial.

Baxter said he cannot explain why no one is being charged in Guy’s death because it’s an ongoing investigation.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said he cannot explain either.

“The rules of court prohibit me from discussing the facts of ongoing investigations,” Lawrence said.

Police have said they seized several weapons at an abandoned home on Westpark Drive, where they found Guy dead. They also found the four women and a man there.

Jackson County Chief Deputy Coroner Jason Moody confirmed Guy died of a gunshot wound. He declined to say where the fatal wound occurred or if Guy was struck by more than one bullet.

“It’s very different from the cases we normally work,” Moody said.

The lack of details raises questions on what happened: Who shot Guy, why was she shot or did she shoot herself?

A homicide is the killing of one person by another person. A homicide can be justifiable or excusable depending on the circumstances. For instance, a homicide in self defense is considered to be justifiable.

Under state law, aggravated assault applies if a person tries to cause serious bodily harm to another person; causes serious injuries intentionally or recklessly under circumstances showing extreme indifference to the value of life; or causes injuries with a weapon or object with the likelihood that death or serious injuries could occur.

The four women each face a conspiracy charge punishable by up to five years in prison.

Gautier Municipal Court Judge Jason Thornton has set bond for each of them at $25,000.

They are Jasmine Anderson, 26; Phyllis Williams, 29; Lamonica Boone, 23; and Tinisha Massey, 24.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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