Natchez native captured

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 10, 2003

A Natchez native was captured Thursday night by police in Brandon in connection with a possible murder in Mayfield, Ky., authorities confirmed Friday.

John R. Tillman, a Mayfield resident, was arrested at the Red Roof Inn in Brandon and was still being held in Rankin County as of Friday afternoon.

&uot;He has waived extradiction, so Š we should get him no later than next week,&uot; said Trooper Barry Meadows, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police district based in Hickory.

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Kentucky State Police received an anonymous tip Wednesday afternoon about a possible murder that occurred on 18th Street in Mayfield earlier this year.

Detectives then gathered information that pointed to Tillman as the suspect.

A &uot;be on the lookout&uot; order was sent to agencies throughout Mississippi &045; including Adams County, where Tillman still has relatives.

Detectives searching a rural area in Hickman County, Ky., found the boy of a small-framed male &uot;that had apparently been placed there by Tillman,&uot; according to a State Police press release.

Meanwhile, authorities searched Tillman’s residence to gather forensic evidence.

An autopsy was still being performed Friday afternoon on the body, which had not yet been identified, Meadows said on Friday.