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Marks man charged with murder, faces life in prison without parole

MARKS, MISS–A Quitman County man has been formally charged with first-degree murder in connection with the April 2015 killing of Antonio Jackson of Lambert, Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday.

Alonzo Buggs, Jr., 37, of Marks, was indicted by a Quitman County grand jury for murder in the shooting death of Jackson, 26, in a Marks retail store parking lot. Buggs was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Buggs was indicted as a habitual offender, meaning he must be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of either charge.  A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Attorney General’s Investigator Larry Ware of the Public Integrity Division.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander.

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