Suspect indicted for store murder

Published 12:07 am Friday, December 6, 2013

NATCHEZ — One of three suspects charged in the January murder of a liquor store employee has been indicted.

District Attorney Ronnie Harper said Kenneth J. Carver Jr., 21, 111 Ann Holdens Lane, was indicted by the grand jury on charges of armed robbery and murder when the jury met in early November. The indictment was served this week.

James H. Anderson Jr., 21, 341 Old Washington Road, and Eddie Minor, 16, 17 Prentiss St., were charged with armed robbery and murder along with Carver in February, but Anderson and Minor have not been indicted.

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Natchez Lt. Craig Godbold has said police believe Anderson, Minor and Carver ambushed Tyrone Bernard, 49, 308 1/2 S. Bluebird Drive, while he was closing up DD’s Package Store on Martin Luther King Jr. Street at approximately 10 p.m. Jan. 3.

Natchez Police Department Detective Jerry Ford has said the suspects were waiting in the alley beside the store for Bernard.

When Bernard came outside, Ford has said, the suspects rushed him and attempted to rob him.

Bernard reportedly fought with one of the suspects and then was shot, Ford has said.

Bernard reportedly attempted to leave the scene in his car, presumably to get help, but died shortly after getting in his vehicle. Ford said Bernard’s vehicle cruised approximately 40 feet across the street, hitting the side of the Extreme Rim Shop building.

Bernard died of a single gunshot wound to the left abdomen.

Bernard, a Natchez native, was the father of three children, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and an avid horseback rider. He attended Macedonia Baptist Church.