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Corinth Capital Murder Suspects Plead Not Guilty Friday

The three suspects in the capital murder of Corinth resident George Harris were denied bond Friday. From left are Shaquavia Gunn, Shakoa Walker and Darius Deen.

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

The three suspects in a Corinth capital murder case pleaded not guilty on Friday.

Darius Jordan Deen, Shakoa Darnell Walker and Shaquavia Latijhanay Gunn were arraigned Friday through Alcorn County Circuit at the justice center.

They were handcuffed and dressed in jail uniforms for their court appearances. Their requests for bail were denied by Circuit Court Judge Paul S. Funderburk. They will continue to be held without bond at the Alcorn County Jail.

The suspects have been charged with capital murder because they allegedly committed robbery in connection with the shooting of George Harris, 57, of Corinth, on May 20.

Corinth Police found Harris’ nude body on the screened-in front porch of his 2014 Liddon Lake Road residence the next morning after his co-workers reported that he had not shown up for work.

Police believe the murder occurred around 10 p.m. the night before.

The motive appeared to be robbery as there was a large amount of cash taken from Harris, Police Chief Ralph Dance said in May. Harris’ wallet and cellphone were also missing, the chief said at the time.

At the time of the alleged murder, Gunn was 18 and had a Proper Street address; Deen, 20, no address available; and Walker, 21, Proper Street.

An autopsy showed that Harris had been shot in the back of the head.

The suspects were also appointed attorneys during their arraignments Friday.

They were indicted by a grand jury on the capital murder charges in August. The indictments were read during the arraignment Friday.

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