Man charged in Marshall County double homicide
By Sandi Pullen
BYHALIA - A Byhalia man was charged in a double homicide on Wednesday, officials say.
The bodies of two Marshall County residents were found by an acquaintance of one of the victims around lunchtime Thursday in a maroon Buick on the side of Deer Creek Road, said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
"They died of violent means," Dickerson said.
Autopsy results showed that Rickie Anderson, 45, of 1005 Battle Road, Byhalia, and Emery L. Moore, 38, of Rt. 1 Box 157, Red Banks, died as the result of gunshot wounds to the head and body, Dickerson said.
The murder weapon is believed to be a sawed-off shotgun, Dickerson said, and authorities are dragging nearby lakes in an effort to recover the gun.
Aaron Keith Sipes, 20, of 478 Deer Creek Road, was arrested at his residence Friday on two counts of murder in the killings, Dickerson said. He is currently being held without bond in the Marshall County Jail.
"We have reason to believe he was the last person to be with the victims when they were alive," Dickerson said. After collecting evidence, Dickerson said, Sipes was deemed a suspect by investigators.
"We're looking at the possibility that the three were in an argument over an alleged debt (Sipes) owed one of the victims," Dickerson said. This may have caused an altercation, leading to the shooting, he said.
"We believe the murders occurred in the late hours of Wednesday night, or possibly Thursday morning," Dickerson said.
An acquaintance of a victim recognized the car, parked in the road's westbound lane, the next day, Dickerson said, and after finding the bodies in the front and back seats, notified the sheriff's department.
A bond hearing is anticipated next week, Dickerson said, but the sheriff's department will push for Sipes to continue to be held without bond.