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April 25, 2022

2 under arrest after a man found stabbed to death in a Rankin county ditch

Therese Apel

Two arrests have been made in the case of a man whose body was found in a ditch in Rankin County Sunday morning.

A release from the sheriffs department says Rankin County deputies were called to the 200 block of Wilson Bates Road for a deceased male in a ditch. The victim appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds. Deputies identified the victim as 22-year-old Keair Stowers of Forest.

Investigators were called to the scene and with the assistance of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, learned that the deceased male’s truck had been stolen. The vehicle was located in Franklin County. With the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey Allen Freeman and Madison Nicole Hardin were taken into custody and transported to the Rankin County Jail. Both suspects are being charged with capital murder.

District Attorney Bubba Bramlett will bring Freeman and Hardin before Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow for an initial appearance. The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

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