Man wanted for aggravated assault was suspect in February murder investigation

Maurice Dent ( Photo:  JPD)
Maurice Dent ( Photo: JPD)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Jackson Police are looking for a man in connection with an August shooting investigation.

Police are still searching for Maurice Dent.

WJTV has learned that Dent was arrested for murder earlier this year. In February, Howard Blackmon was shot outside of a business near the corner of Northside Drive and Sunset. He was sitting in his car. We’re also told there was an exchange of gunfire, but it’s unclear how Blackmon was involved. However, they do not believe Blackmon was the intended target.

Authorities arrested Dent, but he was released on bond.

On August 29, two people walked up to a man sitting in his car and demanded money. He was then shot. Dent is wanted for aggravated assault in that shooting.

“Well certainly we are looking for him, and we always ask for the publics help in giving us information as to where he may be so we can get him back into custody,” Police Chief Lee Vance.

Blackmon’s widow is upset that her husband’s accused killer is out of jail and is wanted for another crime.

“This nightmare is never going to end,” Monica Blackmon said. “Never going to end. I mean how can you let somebody out of jail who supposedly killed my husband and now had shot somebody else.”

WJTV checked with Jackson City Court Services about Dent’s arrest. The last time he was there, he was held without bond, but the case went to Hinds County. From there, it’s hard to track.

Clerks were unable to tell us what happened to the murder charge. However, documents show that Dent was released on a $10,000 bond in May for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“Well you know it’s a problem,” Chief Vance said. “The criminal justice system here in Hinds County, we keep arresting same individuals over and over. Sometimes it’s for capital crimes and felony crimes. It’s a problem. But we don’t have the power in the police department to influence bonds. We certainly do not release anybody. So there’s only one circumstance that we are left with. We must capture the criminals as many times as necessary.”

“I want justice not only for my husband but for whatever else he might’ve done too,” Monica Blackmon said. ” Because there’s too much crime going on. It’s too much going on.

According to the clerk, Judge Tomie Green allowed the bond for Dent in May. WJTV reached out to her office. We will let you know if we get a response.

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