Shooting suspect held on $250,000 bond

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bond was set at $250,000 during the initial court appearance of Dominic Rashad Turner Tuesday afternoon in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Turner, 19, 202 Easy St., was being held at the Warren County Jail today accused of shooting 18-year-old Derrick Stamps with a small caliber weapon in the parking lot of Exxon Jubilee on Mission 66 and Clay Street at 1:04 a.m. Sunday, police Sgt. Sandra Williams said.

The two men were at the store getting fuel and had earlier been involved in a fight at Joanna’s Club at 3961 N. Washington St., officials said.

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Stamps left his own vehicle to confront Turner at the Maxima before the shots were fired, Williams said.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey pronounced Stamps dead at the scene. He added an autopsy report on Stamps’ body showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds, including several shots to the head.

During the hearing, Municipal Court Judge Nancy Thomas also found Turner guilty of contempt of court for not performing community service or paying fines for seven unrelated misdemeanors in 2009.

Turner was ordered to serve time in jail, pay fines for the charges and court costs.

“He cannot bond out (on the murder charge) until he serves his 98 days or pays the $2,332,” Williams said.

Turner had not been charged with a felony before Sunday’s shooting, which left 3-month-old Kaleigh Stamps without a father.

Turner surrendered to Vicksburg police at 8:30 that morning and was charged with murder, Williams said.

Derrick Stamps Sr. said Stamps had been an electrical technology student Hinds Community College and was planning to join the Army. Warren County District Attorney Ricky Smith confirmed he and Stamps’ court-appointed attorney were in plea negotiations to try to get Stamps into the military. Smith said he believed Stamps, indicted by a January Warren County grand jury for business burglary and identified as a suspect in an earlier robbery in which the victim was shot five times, was “trying to do better.”

The homicide was the first in Vicksburg in 2010.

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