September 24, 2021

“Free car” did not have a sign, police say: 3 in custody in death of Anthony McCrillis

Therese Apel

Jordan Thompson, Kelly King, Joshua Hankins

Byram Police Department has made three arrests in the recent death of Anthony McCrillis, whose body was found in the back of a vehicle two men said had a “free car” sign on it when they went joyriding in it.

But first, it didn’t have a sign on it, police said. That was a lie.

Police Chief David Errington said the investigation has led to new information. During the interviewing process of two persons of interest it was determined the statement given to the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office of a visible “Free Car” sign in the victim’s vehicle windshield was fabricated to avoid being arrested for auto theft.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Byram Police Department and the investigation is still on going at this time. We are currently awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Jordan Thompson, 24, of Clinton was charged with auto theft and tampering with evidence. Joshua Hankins, 21, of Byram has been charged with auto theft, tampering with evidence, and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm. Kelly King, 21, of Pearl, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, and hindering prosecution/rendering criminal assistance.
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Byram Police are asking for assistance from the community for any information related to this investigation to please contact the Byram Police Department Detective Bureau at 601-372- 7747 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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