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Suspect charged with murder of recent Ole Miss graduate

A suspect has been charged with the murder of a recent Ole Miss graduate. 

19-year-old Keith Lamont Harmon Jr., of Batesville, faces first degree murder charges in the shooting death of 24-year-old John Adams. 

According to the Oxford Police Department, officers were called to the Links Apartment Complex after witnesses heard gunshots early Saturday morning. Officers were able to get a vehicle description, and within minutes, officers with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and Batesville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. At that time, Harmon was taken into custody.

Adams passed away after he taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo

Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen shared that the victim had just graduated from Ole Miss in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. 

John Adams with his mother. Photo: Oxford PD

“This is a tragic event that cut a young promising life short and altered a family forever. John had just graduated in May from the University of Mississippi with a degree in mechanical engineering. To the Adam’s family, our hearts and prayers are with you all,” Chief McCutchen said. 

Harmon’s bond has been set at $1 million. 

“Over the past few weeks our local law enforcement officers have been meeting with other local, state and federal agencies to work to combat the growing violence in our areas. Oxford is a safe community and we are committed to keeping it that way. If you come to Oxford to harm and victimize our community rest assured that we will pour every resource and every ounce of our energy we have to finding you and prosecuting you to the fullest extent of the law,” McCutchen said. 

The chief also thanked the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, Batesville Police Department, and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.

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