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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:
000333-23A-2021
Date Reported:
1/23/2021
Time Reported:
11:34 AM
OFFENSE:
TBD
STATUTE:
___Committed
___ Attempted
OFFENSE:
STATUTE:
___Committed
___Attempted
OFFENSE:
STATUTE:
___Committed
___Attempted
Location of Offense(Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
Wall Doxey State Park
3946 Hwy 7 South, Holly Springs, Mississippi
Date of Offense:
1/23/2021
Time of Offense:
TBD
Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
N/A
Date of Arrest:
N/A
Time of Arrest:
N/A
Reporting Officer:
Detective S. Murphy
Unit Number:
633
Assisting Officer:
Detective T. Armstrong
Unit Number:
615

 

Persons

PERSON 1
Type:
Victim
Category:
Adult
Foul Play Suspected
Yes
Name:
Spenser Brooks
Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
None
Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown
Race
White
Height
5' 9"
Weight
178 lbs.
Hair
Black/silver
Eyes
Hazel
Sex
M
Hat
None
Jacket/Coat
Black
Shirt
Brown/white/black plaid
Pants
Blue denim
Skirt/Dress
N/A
Age
41
DOB
4/12/1979
Soc. Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX
Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible
Injury Extent
Fatal
Injury Description
Apparent gunshot wound
Address
439 Chandler Avenue, Oxford, MS
Res Phone 238-XXXX
Bus Phone 234-XXXX
Occupation
District Attorney
Employer/School
Yoknapatawpha County
Employer Address
1301 Monroe Avenue, Oxford, MS

 

PERSON 2
Type:
Complainant
Category:
Adult
Foul Play Suspected
Unknown
Name:
Debra Lane
Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
None
Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown
Race
White
Height
5' 4"
Weight
122 lbs.
Hair
Brown
Eyes
Blue
Sex
F
Hat
None
Jacket/Coat
Blue
Shirt
White
Pants
Blue denim
Skirt/Dress
N/A
Age
32
DOB
11/23/1988
Soc. Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX
Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible
Injury Extent
None visible
Injury Description
N/A
Address
509 South 11th Street, Oxford, MS
Res Phone 715-XXXX
Bus Phone 715-XXXX
Occupation
Part-time web designer
Employer/School
Okapi Web Design
Employer Address
919 Chickasaw Road, Oxford, MS

 

Reporting Officer's narrative

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

At 11:34 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a body found at Wall Doxey State Park in north Yoknapatawpha County. The caller identified herself as Debra Lane, a guest staying in Cabin 8.

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 209 (Officer P. Winston) and YCFD ambulance unit (EMTs Bill Harcourt and Ned Keller) were immediately dispatched. R/O Winston arrived at the scene at 11:59 a.m. Upon verification of the presence of a body at 12:02 p.m., R/O notified Dispatch and requested backup and detectives.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy 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.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) arrived at the scene at 12:37 p.m. and found Officer Winston had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Cloudy; Ambient Temperature: 52°F / 11°C; Relative Humidity: 31%.

R/O Winston made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim.

R/O was met on the cabin road by an adult female who identified herself as Debra Lane, the 911 caller (Person 2). Lane directed him to a location outside Cabin 7, where R/O observed a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim was subsequently identified as Spenser Brooks (Person 1).

At R/O's request, Lane waited in the rear seat of Winston's patrol vehicle. R/O said YCSD Units 213 (Officer M. Arborogh) and 221 (Officer M. Richards) arrived to provide backup at 12:22 p.m. and 12:25 p.m., respectively. While R/O and Officer Arborogh secured the scene, Officer Richards escorted Lane back to Cabin 8 and waited with Lane at that location for detectives.

R/O further said YCFD EMTs R. Peterson and J. Bilkey arrived at approximately 12:02 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 documented by CSU personnel: witness Debra Lane, EMT Peterson, EMT Bilkey, and himself.

After receiving the report from R/O Winston, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a multi-colored plaid shirt, blue jeans, a black jacket, and a black glove on the left hand. A black glove and a camouflage cap were on the ground approximately 18 inches from the body.

The body was supine with the right leg fully extended and the sole of the right foot to the south. The left leg was bent at the knee with the sole of the left foot to the west. The right arm was lying to the side of the body at an acute angle and was bent at the elbow with the right hand pointing to the west. The left arm was extended at approximately a 90° angle and was bent at the elbow, pointing in a northeast direction. The head was to the north. 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 12:51 p.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 12:56 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. Inspector Johnson visually examined the body and observed an apparent gunshot wound to the forehead. She speculated that the death may have been the result of that wound. Inspector Johnson indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report.

CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 12:34 p.m. R/Is instructed CSU to process the entire scene according to standard procedure.

After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure the 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.

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

R/Is left the scene at 8:56 p.m. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to secure 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.

Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. The deceased was removed from the scene at 10:25 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.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS(What did the defendant say?)

 N/A

 

 REPORTING OFFICER  Samantha Murphy  DATE REPORTED  1/23/2021
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Samantha Murphy
 Signature
 633
 Unit Number
 1/23/2021
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  Ted Armstrong
 Signature
 615
 Unit Number
 1/23/2021
 Date