No arrests made in unrelated killings in city, county

Published 11:38 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

Law enforcement authorities continued their investigation this morning into the separate killings of Maurice Morris, 18, and Alicia Michelle Peay Vega, 32.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said his department is still searching for the 2002 brown Dodge Durango that witnesses said was driven away by Vega’s 14-year-old stepdaughter shortly before the woman was found dead in her home.

Pace said his office is awaiting a ballistics report from the Mississippi State Crime Lab on whether a gun found in the home was used in the killing.

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Separately, no arrest has been made in the case involving the killing of Morris, who was believed to have been attempting to rob two men in a parking lot at the Confederate Ridge Apartments, 780 U.S. 61 North, Vicksburg police Sgt. Sandra Williams said.

Morris was found with a mask on his head Monday morning about 50 yards from the shooting scene, which erupted after the botched robbery.

A second man, Corey Thompson, 25, 4880 U.S. 80, also believed to have been attempting to rob Jermaine Wright, 26, a resident of the complex, and Patrick Tucker, 23, 2106 Baker St., remained at River Region Medical Center, to which he drove himself after being shot in the abdomen Sunday night following the botched robbery.