Suspects arrested for murder of Clyde Daniels

Published 12:11 am Thursday, February 19, 2009

Two suspects have been arrested for a murder that occurred almost a month ago, a mother-son team.

The suspects are identified as Barbara Cameron, 46, of 405 County Farm Rd., and Max Weldon, 26, of 717 Ridge Rd., Yazoo City. Both have been charged with the Jan. 20, murder of 61 year-old Clyde Daniels II, also of 405 County Farm Rd., Lumberton.

Cameron was the live-in girlfriend of Daniels and is the one who called the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department at about 12:28 a.m. Jan. 20, to report she found Daniel’s body lying on the front porch, said Sheriff David Allison.

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An autopsy conducted on Daniels showed he had been shot twice, once in the neck and once in the head.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Crime Scene Unit was involved in processing the crime scene and recreating the events that took place that night. After several recreations and almost a month of investigation involving interviews with Daniels’ friends, family and acquaintances, investigators Russell Miller and Christa Groom were able to establish Cameron and Weldon as suspects in the case.

Investigation showed that Cameron and Weldon allegedly conspired to kill Daniels for monetary gain. Interviews with the family, friends and acquaintances showed that Cameron wanted to get married, but Daniels had no plans to do so.

Both Daniels and Cameron were caretakers of the land they were staying on and Weldon also was an employee of the landowners. When Weldon and Daniels had a falling out, Weldon was fired. Weldon moved to Yazoo City where he got another job for a short time, but was fired from that job as well. When Daniels refused to rehire Weldon, Cameron and Weldon apparently devised a scheme to get rid of Daniels, Tucker said.

“There was a plot between the two to kill Daniels and they made good with the plans to do so,” Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

No other suspects are believed to have been involved in the murder, Tucker said. Initial investigation provided several leads to other suspects, but none of them panned out. After several reenactments, investigators were able to establish that initial comments made by Cameron did not add up to the evidence collected, Allison said.

Allison said he would like to thank the MBI Crime Scene Unit investigators for their help in recreating the events of Jan. 20 and all his deputies and investigators for their hard work on the case. Miller said establishing Weldon and Cameron as suspects was a departmental effort. Additionally, the department would like to thank the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department for its assistance in the case.