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Judge sets $2.25 million bond for murder suspect

Bond has been set at $2.25 million for a Vicksburg man accused in the Aug. 2018 shooting death of Jasmine Nicole Adams, his live-in girlfriend.

Municipal Judge Angela Carpenter set the bond for Carlos Maurice Harris, 28, 214 Greenbriar St., at an initial appearance Friday in Municipal Court. Harris is charged with first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He was arrested on warrants Thursday morning at an apartment at 450 Lake Hill Drive.

His girlfriend, Jakhala Dasia Williams, 23, 450 Lake Hill Drive, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after officers saw the drug while serving the warrant. She is being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Lt. Johnnie Edwards, with the Vicksburg Police Department, said police have issued a warrant for Kevin Phillips, 29, 226 High Hill Drive, accusing him as an accessory after the fact to Adams’ murder.

According to police reports, officers were called to Adams’ home on Lake Hill Drive about 1:45 a.m. Aug. 22, 2018, about a possible home invasion and found Adams, 25, lying by the back door in a room adjacent to the carport of the home with an apparent single gunshot wound to the head.

In an August press release, police listed the following unsolved cases:

• Antonio Maurice Henderson, 36, was killed at the East View Apartments, 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road, on Oct. 29, 2018.

• Cortez Denzel Hardy was killed Sunday, May 6, 2018. Officers responding about 4:20 a.m., to a call in the 1300 block of South Street, where they found Hardy, 21, inside a home. He had been shot multiple times.

At the time, officials with the Vicksburg Police Department believed there may have been two shooters involved. Police arrested Conti Lashun Tillis, 26, on a charge of murder in connection with the death.

The bond for Tillis was set at $1 million by Municipal Judge Penny Lawson. He was transferred to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, according to Warren County Jail records.

Anyone who has information on these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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