New evidence surfaces in Tchula death investigation, arrest made

Clarence Blue

TCHULA, Miss. (WJTV) – Tchula Police say they are still searching for suspects in connection to the death of Clarence Blue.

The cause of Blue’s death has been the center of controversy for months.

However, police have made another arrest.

Now, Chief Kenneth Hampton is back at it again, saying he has the evidence he needs.

Tchula Police Chief Kenneth Hampton says he isn’t giving up on searching for Clarence Blue’s killer.

Blue was an elderly amputee.

Initial reports indicated that he was attacked by a group of people outside his home but an autopsy report said he died from a heart attack and that there were no signs of trauma.

Recently, a judge dismissed second degree murder charges against four men saying there wasn’t enough evidence to go forward with the case.

Reporter: “What’s new now?

Tchula Police Chief Hampton” “I now have the report. I think we have enough evidence to prove without a doubt that the individuals that were involved, committed the crime.”

Chief Hampton says he now has a testimony from one of the suspects and a report from the first hospital Blue was rushed to the night he died.

Hampton arrested Aavon Coffer and charged him with aggravated assault.

He says he is looking for two more suspects.

“I don’t take any pleasure locking up young men or women unless they have committed a crime and even then it’s not a pleasure seeking contest,” said Chief Hampton.

We’re told Coffer is now in Holmes County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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