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Murders in Mississippi: Arguments, Carjacking Lead to Weekend Killings

VERONA, Miss.–If you know where Roy Ray Merritt is, call the cops immediately. He’s considered armed and dangerous and is wanted in the Saturday shooting death of Rodney Lowery, 41. There were at least two other murders in the state over the weekend.

Merritt is being sought by the MBI, Verona Police and the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept. He’s black, 33, with black hair and brown eyes.

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon at someone’s house, but Verona Police said the argument started Friday night at Eagle Store.

The argument ended when police say Merritt pulled a gun and shot Lowery several times. Cornell Weatherspoon was also shot, but made it to the hospital, where he was treated and is now out.

Merritt is considered dangerous because of his criminal past and now being in possession of a firearm. Since he’s a convicted felon, he now has a weapons charge against him.

If you know where Merritt is, you are asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 841-9040 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi at (800) 773-TIPS.

Another killing happened Friday night in Meridian when three people who were in a pickup were carjacked. Two of the men were shot and ended up in the hospital, where they gave cops a description of the truck and told police that a third man was still in the truck, with the carjackers.

Police found the truck about an hour later, with the third victim shot dead inside.

Police weren’t ready to release the victims’ names, reported WTOK, but they believe all involved parties knew each other and they know who they are looking for. If you have any relevant info, they’re asking you to call Crime Stoppers.

Another weekend killing happened in Webster County in an argument between a father and a son. The two got into a fight about 7:30 Saturday night. Sheriff Tim Mitchell said the son was shot and died at a Starkville hospital.

No arrests have been made. No names have been released. The MBI is now in charge of the investigation.

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