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| Offense(s) | Person 1 | Person 2 | Person 3 | Evidence/Property |
| Reporting Officer's Narrative | Defendant's Remarks |


INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

 _X_ INCIDENT
     ___ Juvenile
     ___ Senior
           Citizen
     ___ Gang
 ___ ARREST
     ___ Child
           Abuse
     ___ Domestic
     ___ Involved
           Alcohol
 CASE NUMBER:
  002751-25H-2012
Date Reported:
  8-26-2012
 Time Reported:
  3:50 PM
 OFFENSE:
  TBD
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
  
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
 
 STATUTE:
 
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
  53 Effie Circle, #102, Maplewood Apartments
 Oxford, Mississippi
 Date of Offense:
  8-26-2012
 Time of Offense:
  12:00 - 3:30 PM (estimated)
 Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
  N/A
 Date of Arrest:
  N/A
 Time of Arrest:
  N/A
 Reporting Officer:
  Det. Sam Murphy
 Unit Number:
  633
 Assisting Officer:
  Det. Erin Parker
 Unit Number:
  670

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PERSON 1
 Type:
 Victim
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Courtney Morris
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 6"
 Weight
 135 lbs.
 Hair
 Blonde/Brown
 Eyes
 Blue
 Sex
  F
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 N/A
 Shirt
 Gray tank &white long-sleeved shirt
 Pants
 Light blue cropped denim jeans
 Skirt/Dress
  N/A
 Age
     21
 DOB
 12/29/1990
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 tattoos on right forearm, left forearm, right ankle, right foot
 Injury Extent
 fatal
 Injury Description
 ligature mark visible under rope around neck
 Address
 53 Effie Circle, #102, Maplewood Apartments, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 238-XXXX
 Bus Phone N/A
 Occupation
 Student
 Employer/School
 University of Mississippi
 Employer Address
 104 Martindale, Oxford, MS

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PERSON 2
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Mee-Yon Kim
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 Asian
 Height
 5' 3"
 Weight
 116
 Hair
 Black
 Eyes
 Brown
 Sex
 F
 Hat
  N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 none
 Shirt
 black
 Pants
 khaki
 Skirt/Dress
 N/A
 Age
     21
 DOB
 10/17/1990
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 319 Williams Avenue, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 232-XXXX
 Bus Phone 234-XXXX
 Occupation
 Student
 Employer/School
 University of Mississippi
 Employer Address
 104 Martindale, Oxford, MS

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PERSON 3
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Craig Albright
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 11"
 Weight
 190 lbs.
 Hair
 Brown
 Eyes
 Blue
 Sex
 M
 Hat
 none
 Jacket/Coat
 none
 Shirt
 Yellow
 Pants
 Brown
 Skirt/Dress
 N/A
 Age
     58
 DOB
 5/19/1954
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 53 Effie Circle, #122, Maplewood Apartments, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 234-XXXX
 Bus Phone 234-XXXX
 Occupation
 Apartment manager
 Employer/School
 Maplewood Apartments
 Employer Address
 53 Effie Circle, Oxford, MS

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ITEMS OF EVIDENCE/PROPERTY RECOVERED
 (1)  Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     ___  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

 All evidence to be documented and collected by CSU.
 (2)    Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     ___  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

 

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 REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 3:30 p.m., Dispatch received a 911 call regarding the discovery of a dead body in Apartment #102 at the Maplewood Apartments, 53 Effie Circle. The caller identified himself as Craig Albright (Person 3), the apartment manager. Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 209 (Officer P. Winston) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 3:35 p.m. After confirming the presence of the body, R/O secured the scene and contacted Dispatch and requested backup and medical assistance. Reporting Investigators (R/Is) Detectives S. Murphy and E. Parker were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. At R/Is' request, Coroner’s Inspector L. Johnson and a CSU team were notified to respond to the scene.

R/Is arrived at the scene at 3:50 p.m. and found that R/O had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Exterior Ambient Temperature: 86° F/ 30° C; Relative Humidity: 48%; Interior Ambient Temperature 68° F / 20° C; Interior Relative Humidity: 26%.

R/O Winston made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim. R/O was met by Albright in the entryway of the apartment building. Albright led R/O to apartment #102 where there was the body of an adult female, who Albright identified as Courtney Morris (Person 1), resident of that apartment. Inside the apartment, R/O found Mee-Yon Kim (Person 2), who claimed to be a friend of Courtney Morris. At R/O's request, Albright returned to the entryway to direct backup and medical personnel to R/O's location. R/O said YCFD EMTs R. Peterson and J. Bilkey arrived at approximately 3:45 p.m., and after confirming the victim was deceased, withdrew from the crime scene. R/O Winston further stated that, to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded by CSU personnel: witnesses Craig Albright and Mee-Yon Kim, EMTs Peterson and Bilkey, and himself.

After receiving the report from R/O Winston, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene. R/Is found no signs of forced entry into the residence. In the living room, R/Is observed a floral box containing three (3) red roses on the sofa. Three (3) additional red roses and a florist card were strewn on the floor. A silver heart-shaped locket was discovered on a coffee table.

In the bedroom of the residence, R/Is observed a lifeless human body, a female estimated to be in her 20s. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a dark gray tank top with a white long-sleeved shirt over it and a pair of blue cropped jeans with a brown leather belt. The body was hanging from a closet door by a noose around the neck. Apparent contusions were visible on the forehead and around the left eye. R/Is delayed further inspection of the body until the arrival of the Coroner's Inspector.

Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 4:25 p.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 4:28 p.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse or any other indications of heartbeat or respiration.

Inspector Johnson noted a ligature mark circling the neck and further noted that rigor mortis was not yet observable. While she withheld an official estimate pending an autopsy, Inspector Johnson speculated the victim had been dead approximately 1 to 3 hours. Inspector Johnson indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report. After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the body while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses, until the body could be removed from the scene without affecting other evidence.

CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 4:36 p.m. R/Is instructed CSU to process the entire scene according to standard procedure.

A preliminary search of the immediate area for any weapon(s) causing the injury to the victim's face met with negative results. CSU will conduct a more intensive search and report their findings.

Body of the deceased was remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson and was removed from scene at 7:56 p.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the State Crime Lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

R/Is left the scene at 8:45 p.m. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

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 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say about the offense or his/her whereabouts at the time of offense?)

 N/A

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 REPORTING OFFICER  Sam Murphy  DATE REPORTED  8-26-2012
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Sam Murphy
 Signature
 633
 Unit Number
 8-26-2012
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  //Erin Parker
 Signature
 670
 Unit Number
 8-26-2012
 Date

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