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Suspect in Jones County killing charged with capital murder



Michael Shane Askew

Michael Shane Askew, 52, the accused killer of Betty Dickerson has been charged with capital murder and denied bond.

Askew was arraigned today in the Jones County Justice Court.

Investigators found the body of Dickerson, 82, in her Shady Grove home in Jones County Feb. 17. Reportedly, Dickerson’s throat had been cut. She was the mother of Vicksburg resident Tina Daugherty Cole.

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin said at a news conference Friday that Askew knew his victim, but that no clear motive for the crime has emerged.

“It saddens me to know that the person involved in this was … a known offender that knew the victim,” Berlin said. “It was not just a person traveling through the area. A lot of people have thought that, you know, it was a homeless person just traveling through the area that committed this crime, and it wasn’t.”

U.S. Marshals captured Askew in a Nashville, Tenn., hotel only a few days after the murder.

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