Murder suspect turns himself in after search

DTL Editor

A man accused in the August shooting death of 26-year-old Aaron Lamar Fenton is finally in police custody after a search that lasted close to a month.

The West Point Police Department on Wednesday night confirmed to the public via social media that 27-year-old Brian Bowens had been arrested.

Assistant Chief Kennedy Meador told the Daily Times Leader that Bowens turned himself in to the West Point Police Department on Wednesday and was still being interviewed by investigators.

It is unclear at this time if Bowens will face additional charges, but Meador said bond for Bowens will likely be set during an initial court appearance on Thursday.

According to Clay County Jail records, Bowens was booked for the murder charge at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Bowens has been on the run since the Aug.19 shooting, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Fifth Street North near the intersection with Progress Street.

Fenton was found lying in Fifth Street right at the intersection with Progress Street and was taken by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point not long after the initial call was received.

Coroner Alvin Carter pronounced him dead about two hours later.

Police have yet to say what they believe prompted the shooting.