Joaquin Blackwell, the man accused of killing Simpson County Deputy James Blair, was denied bail Monday.
Friday, Blair transported Blackwell to an involuntary psychiatric evaluation at the Region 8 mental health facility in Mendenhall. After the appointment, Blair was reportedly escorting Blackwell to his car when Blackwell grabbed Blair’s gun, shot him and fled.
Blair was transported to a hospital but did not survive.
After a 24-hour search, Blackwell surrendered to law enforcement around 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation charged Blackwell with capital murder in the killing of a peace officer. If convicted, Blackwell faces the death penalty.
Police also arrested Shawn Tullos for filing a false police report in connection to the case. Tullos is accused of telling authorities Blackwell was in the D’Lo area, which sent deputies on a wild goose chase, WAPT reports.
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