Two suspects in the May 9 shooting deaths of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate have been indicted.
Court officials say Joanie Calloway and Brodrick Varnado appeared in court Monday in 12th Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich's courtroom to be formally arraigned. Both were indicted on charges of accessory after the fact of capital murder. Calloway also was indicted for hindering prosecution, and Varnado was indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both had trial dates set for May.
Deen and Tate each suffered single gunshot wounds during a traffic stop shortly before 8 p.m. May 9 on East Fourth Street near the intersection of Bouie Street, a few blocks north of downtown Hattiesburg. They died later that night at Forrest General Hospital.
Nine people were charged in the officers' deaths.
The alleged shooter, Marvin Banks, died of apparent heart disease, Forrest County coroner Butch Benedict said. He was found dead in his jail cell on Dec. 11.
Banks' brother, Curtis Banks, and Calloway were arrested late May 9 or early May 10 and charged with accessory after the fact to capital murder. Calloway had been out on bond since July 17. Curtis Banks is still in the Forrest County Jail, according to the Forrest County Sheriff's Department website.
A fourth suspect, Cornelius Clark of Hattiesburg, was arrested May 10 and charged with obstruction.
A fifth suspect, Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin, was arrested May 13 and charged with obstruction.
Three more suspects were arrested May 15. Douglas Diquan McPhail and Anquanette L. Alexander, both of Hattiesburg, were charged with rendering criminal assistance to a fleeing felon. Jimmy "Jimbo" Velton Brady was charged with possession of a stolen weapon. McPhail and Alexander were released on bond May 18. Brady remains in the Forrest County Jail, according to the sheriff's department website.
Varnado was arrested May 27. Varnado was transferred June 29 to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections because of a probation violation.
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