Natchez man charged with murder in beating death

Published 6:24 pm Friday, August 4, 2006

A Natchez man has been indicted in the city’s first murder of the year and is accused of beating a man to death in his driveway.

John Christopher Case, 29, was indicted Wednesday in the beating death of 38-year-old Dean Arnold Jr.

Sheriff Ronny Brown said the Adams County Sheriff’s Office jailed Case, but he was later released on an undisclosed bond. A hearing was set for Aug. 24.

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Police say the two men allegedly fought in the driveway of Case’s home. Arnold sustained severe head injuries and died in an ambulance on the way to a local hospital, police reports at the time said.

Arnold’s death was the first homicide in Natchez-Adams County this year.

The Natchez Police Department had no new information on the case, Chief Mike Mullins said Wednesday.