Second man charged in 2002 murder

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 12, 2003

FERRIDAY &045; Curtis Dison, a 22-year-old Ferriday resident, was booked on a charge of second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the Oct. 18, 2002, shooting death of Michael Bradford.

Bradford’s body was found lying on the side of Lower Levee Road, just outside of Ferriday with two gunshot wounds to his head.

Bradford was a 39-year-old special education major at Alcorn State University who worked part time at the Alcorn School of Nursing in Natchez.

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Dison was extradited from Tensas Parish and arrested by Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dale Cowan.

Cowan said Dison has been a suspect since the early stages of the murder investigation but more concrete information was just recently obtained from an interview with one of Dison’s relatives.

Sheriff Randy Maxwell said Dison and Bradford were acquaintances. The motive for the shooting appears to have been robbery, Maxwell said.

Dison has been jailed at the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility in connection with a recent robbery of Sonny’s in Ferriday, but he was released due to insufficient evidence.

Dison was returned to Tensas Parish after a magistrate hearing in Seventh District Court in Vidalia Wednesday to face charges of kidnapping and attempted rape. Dison’s bond has been set at $350,000 on the murder charge.

Amos Montgomery of Ferriday was charged in January with second-degree murder in the same case.

According to Prosecutor Brad Burget, a preliminary hearing was held for Montgomery Wednesday but there was not enough probable cause to hold him on bond. He will be released.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case, and additional arrests are possible, Maxwell said.