Argument leads to Thursday night murder, suicide

Published 10:24 am Friday, September 11, 2009

NATCHEZ — A late night argument ended in a murder suicide at the Holiday Apartments on Old Washington Road Thursday.

Natchez Police Sgt. Craig Godbold said an argument between Marquis Terrell and his longtime girlfriend Renata Washington ended when Terrell shot and killed Washington, then killed himself.

“He basically sat down beside her and shot himself,” Godbold said.

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Both Terrell and Washington were found shot in the head, said Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins. Police were dispatched after receiving a call at 10:24 p.m. Thursday.

Mullins said two of Washington’s children were in the apartment at the time of the incident. The names of the children would not be provided out of respect for their privacy, Mullins said.

Terrell is recently believed to have been staying in the Clayton area and had two outstanding warrants for his arrests stemming from previous domestic violence incidents with Washington.

Washington last pressed charges against Terrell in 2006, Mullins said.

News editor Cassandra Mickens contributed to this report.