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Third suspect in alleged staged ATV death arrested

Densie Ward. Photo courtesy of Mississippi Bureau of Investigation

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has arrested 42-year old Denise Ward of Clinton and charged her with conspiracy, hindering prosecution and accessory after the fact of murder in connection to the death of Roger Lee Scruggs, a Brandon man who was killed back in December.

Scruggs’ body was found off Wildwood Road in Yazoo County on December 2. A flipped ATV was discovered near the body, but an investigation was launched after it appeared that the scene had been staged.

Ward is the third person arrested in the case. On December 22, John May and Larry Cooper, both of Jackson were arrested and face the same list of charges.

Ward was arrested without incident in Jackson. Following her arrest, the MBI listed seven aliases that Ward has including Diana S. Carrington, Stephanie Jackson Ward, Stephanie Jackson, Stephanie Claxton, Victoria Carrington, Diana Chaney and Stephanie Burton.

Ward is being held at the Yazoo County Regional Detention Center.  Following her initial appearance in court, a Yazoo County judge has set Ward’s bond at $3 million.

The investigation into Scruggs’ death is ongoing.

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