Reward offered for information in unsolved murder

Published 12:12am Saturday, November 3, 2012

NATCHEZ — Two years and nine months after two people were gunned to death, a third non-fatally shot and a fourth pistol-whipped in the Fenwick area, the investigation remains open and authorities are looking for new evidence.

At 11:45 p.m. Feb. 17, 2010, two gunmen burst into the residence at 5 East St., shooting at those inside and killing two, Carl Williams, 50, and Stephanie Anderson, 19. Another victim, Dora Lee, 39, was repeatedly struck with a gun, and Tina Garner, 16 at the time, was shot as Anderson was helping her escape through a window. Three other people inside the house were not shot.

Lee died a month later, though her death was not officially linked to the attack.

At the time of the murders, investigators said they believed the gunmen were after a $52,000 disability settlement Williams had received.

Though significant time has passed, Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said the case is still open and active, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that could move it forward.

“There was not a lot of physical evidence in that case, so we have to depend on statements and that sort of thing, and as time goes on people start to talk a little more, after a little while they will start to get a little loose with information,” Mayfield said.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office still discusses the case on a weekly basis, he said, and while they are still trying to gather evidence the ACSO has people of interest in the case.

“This is not a cold case by any means,” he said.

In addition to the original investigator, Mayfield said he has assigned a second detective to the case so fresh eyes could examine the evidence they do have.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 601-442-5000. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.