Gun store shootout case waiting on grand jury

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 26, 2016

Investigation is ongoing into the case of the gun store shootout that occurred in the Henleyfield community in January.
The case began when Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a call on Jan. 23 of this year from the owner of a gun store in Henleyfield that her husband and son had been shot during a shootout at the business.
That incident led to the deaths of 17-year-old Jacob McClemore and his father, 44-year-old Jason McClemore. Two other people were injured in the shootout, 29-year-old Michael McCool and his father, 52-year-old Audy McCool, both of Carriere.
According to previous coverage, the shootout began over a dispute of a $25 fee associated with work the McCools commissioned the McClemore owned business to conduct.
The McCools were taken to nearby hospitals, and released about a week later after receiving treatment for their wounds, said Chief Deputy Shane Tucker.
No charges have been filed in the case. Tucker said the investigation is awaiting the results of evidence sent to the state crime lab. Tucker said it takes time for the state crime lab to gather the results and send them back to local agencies. He said the case involved a significant crime scene where a lot of evidence was collected.
Once all of the evidence is collected, it will be forwarded to the 15th District Attorney’s office. From there it will be presented to a grand jury.
A grand jury consists of registered voters who are gathered periodically throughout the year to hear various cases and conduct other county business. Concerning felony court cases, they hear the evidence presented and decide whether to indict defendants.
Fifteenth District Attorney Hal Kittrell said he is waiting on all of the information to be sent to his office so he can present the shootout case to the grand jury. He hopes the file will be in shape to present to a grand jury that will be empaneled in June. That grand jury will convene in August, and is expected to hear cases in September.

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