June 16, 2022

Jackson man beats mother to death with hammer, flees North before being captured

Mary Apel

Jackson Police Department is investigating a homicide in which a man beat his mother to death with a hammer before fleeing and leading a cop chase to Carrol County.

The incident began in the 3200 block of Lakewood Drive. According to police, Latasha Funchess, 42, was allegedly beaten with a hammer by her son, Dekarius Funchess, 21.

Dekarius Funchess then fled the scene and headed north on I-55 before cops arrived.

Madison County Sheriff’s Department picked up the chase north of the city of Madison but eventually terminated the pursuit, said Madison County spokesman Heath Hall.

Funchess was eventually caught near Carrol County.

More details will be released as they become available.

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