PONTOTOC - A local man on Thursday was charged in the beating death of an elderly Pontotoc man.

Dennis R. Roberson, 23, of Pontotoc Ridge Apartment No. 8-A, was charged with capital murder and robbery in the death of Eric Granville Washington, 79, of Pontotoc, Police Chief Larry Poole said. Roberson's arraignment is set for today.

Police on Thursday released a second suspect who had been held for questioning in connection with Washington's death.

Washington was found beaten to death in his residence on Aug. 8 after his neighbors became concerned. Authorities believe he was killed sometime on Aug. 7.

Roberson was charged after investigators gathered enough evidence to link him to Washington's death, Poole said.

Pontotoc sheriff's deputies and State Crime Lab officers are assisting in the investigation.

- Michaela Gibson Morris

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