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Teen charged with second-degree murder in Warren County



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Sheriff's Deputy Tilley leads Xavier Weddington to Justice Court. Photo by David Day

A teen from Warren County has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a local man.

Investigator Erich Jerscheid filed charges against 17-year-old Xavier Weddington, alleging that on August 16, Weddington fired a weapon, leading to the death of Charles Ray Brooks, Jr.

Judge Randy Lewis informed Weddington of his rights and then read the charges. “…that you did willfully, unlawfully although without premeditation did effect the death of Charles Ray Brooks, Jr.”

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Charles Ray “CJ” Brooks, Jr, 23

Judge Lewis continued reading the charges saying, “… pointed a loaded pistol, black and silver in color in the direction of Charles Ray Brooks, Jr. and discharging the same being an act of imminent danger to others.”

At the preliminary hearing, Weddington was not represented by counsel, though several family members were present. One family member noted they would secure counsel for Weddington.

When the matter of bail arose, Investigator Jerscheid informed Judge Lewis that Weddington had no previous charges or convictions.

Following the recommendation of the District Attorney’s office, Judge Lewis set the bond at $150,000.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace also spoke with Vicksburg Daily News regarding the incident.

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