Suspect arrested in slaying of Lauderdale County, MS family

Karon D. McVay (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department)

UPDATE: Authorities said 44-year-old Karon D. McVay has been arrested and charged in the investigation.

Officials said they believe McVay had a relationship with one of the victims, Tomecca Pickett.

McVay is charged with three counts of murder, one count of capital murder, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“When somebody kills your family like this they don’t deserve to walk,” said Demetrius Durr, a relative of the victims.

Durr is coming to grips with the loss of his mother, two sisters, and nephew.
Police say all of them shot and killed by a man that Durr says his mother took in.

“My mom was one of the nicest ladies in the world,” he said. “She would give anybody the shirt off their back. If you came down to it if she were to eat and someone else needed to eat, she would starve.”

McVay had been dating Tomecca Pickett, one of the victims. Investigators believe that Monday night he shot and killed her, her 5-year-old son Owen, her mother Edna, and sister Kieara.

“You tore my family apart. Putting my family through all of this. We have to bury for family members. It’s crazy.”

McVay turned himself in Tuesday night and was questioned. The 44-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder, and another count of capital murder that could result in the death penalty.

Investigators tell us McVay made several calls after the shootings. Now they want to question the people he contacted.

“We currently are still investigating,” Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said. “Our investigation is nowhere near being through. We know that he had contact with several individuals after the murders, and we are in the process of interviewing and trying to locate some of those individuals. What we are telling those individuals is they need to come find us before we find them.”

Authorities say there were no reports of domestic violence with this couple leading up to this tragedy.

TOOMSUBA, Miss. (AP) – Authorities have charged one person in the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old boy and his mother, grandmother and aunt at their home in eastern Mississippi.

Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells WTOK-TV ( ) the suspect is charged with three counts of capital murder and one count of capital murder that carries a potential death sentence.

Investigators haven’t released the name of the person in custody.

The four bodies were found Tuesday in the home in the community of Toomsuba near the Alabama line. Authorities haven’t released a possible motive.

The dead are identified as 65-year-old Edna Durr and her daughters, 42-year-old Tomecca Pickett and 27-year-old Kiearra Durr. Pickett’s 5-year-old son, Owen Pickett, also was killed.

Officials believe the killings took place sometime Monday night. Authorities didn’t find any signs of forced entry.


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