Lafayette County Circuit Judge Gray Tollison has denied bond for 22-year-old Sheldon Timothy Herrington, Jr. who was charged with the murder of Ole Miss student Jimmie “Jay” Lee on July 22.
During today’s bond hearing, it was discovered that Herrington and Lee had been in an intimate relationship with each other prior to Lee’s disappearance. Authorities believe that the two were in an argument as Lee was traveling to meet Herrington.
In addition, it was revealed to the court that Herrington had gone to Google on his computer to search, “How long does it take to strangle someone?” just moments after Lee told Herrington that he was heading to his apartment.
Detective Ryan Baker with the Oxford Police Department stated that cadaver dogs were alerted four times to the aroma of a dead body inside Herrington’s apartment and twice inside his car. Police K-9s were also alerted multiple times of the scent of a decomposing body in a box-moving truck Herrington had access to.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community gathered around the Lafayette County Courthouse to show support for the deceased Ole Miss student’s family. As of now, Lee’s body has still not been discovered.