Itawamba County law enforcement agents have charged a Marietta man with murder following a July 2 shooting death in the Kirkville community.

Jason Culver, 37, of 1521 Dickerson Road, Marietta, was taken into custody Tuesday but not officially charged with the fatal shooting of Michael George of Kirkville until Wednesday morning.

Culver received his initial court appearance on July 3. Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Harold Holcomb set his bond at $500,000. As of late Monday afternoon, Culver was still being held in the Itawamba County Jail.

According to Dickinson, Culver was charged after investigators spoke with two eyewitnesses of the shooting at 247 Fidgett Road. The shooting occurred outside the house around 1:50 p.m. George was shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun.

Culver, whose name wasn’t initially released, claimed the shooting was in self defense. The sheriff said speaking to the two witnesses and further investigation of the scene of the shooting lead investigators to believe otherwise.

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