Murder case slowed

Published 12:01 pm Thursday, October 5, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Some members of the family of a woman killed in the county two weeks ago are not cooperating with the investigation, Sheriff Ronny Brown said Wednesday

Brown and District Attorney Ronnie Harper held a press conference Wednesday and issued a release saying court orders have been obtained &8220;to compel that evidence be provided to assist in the examination of scientific evidence that has been collected.&8221;

Investigations into the death of Jaqueline Thompson &8212; who was shot in the head on Sept. 24 &8212; are progressing slowly, Brown said.

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A teenage girl was also sexually assaulted on the same day in the same house, reports say.

The sexually assaulted victim and her father have obtained legal counsel, as has another person with close ties to the victim.

All three &8220;have so far been reluctant to cooperate,&8221; Harper said. &8220;It&8217;s unusual for anybody to retain counsel this early in a case, but not unheard of.&8221;

Thompson, 35, 48 B Proby Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the state crime lab were called to the house.

The Adams County Sheriff&8217;s Office, aided by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, has not arrested anyone, and no one has been eliminated as a suspect, Harper said.

&8220;Everyone is a suspect,&8221; Harper said. &8220;The sheriff&8217;s office has interviewed numerous people.&8221;

Investigators were paying close attention to some suspects, he said.

&8220;You can&8217;t arrest somebody if you don&8217;t have a case,&8221; Harper said.

Other family members have gladly cooperated, volunteering DNA samples and some information, Brown said Wednesday.

The sheriff&8217;s office is still sending in DNA samples to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory, Brown said.

They will use the information, which usually takes 10 days to two weeks to process, as it becomes available.

Harper said he wanted to stop the rumblings around town, like the story that an arrest had been made.

&8220;We&8217;re hearing the rumors, too,&8221; he said.

&8220;We felt we needed to let the community know we&8217;re working on it. There are some things out there that may not be true.&8221;

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.