Smiling woman with glasses and shoulder-length dark hair

The detectives met with Lori after she found an object hidden at Ms. Drum's residence.

Woman with glasses and short dark hair

Candy Roberts came into the Sheriff's Department to talk about her husband's confession.

YCSD investigators traced the safe deposit key to a bank in Memphis, TN. Detectives coordinated with Shelby County, TN authorities to execute a search warrant.

Photo of safe deposit boxes

Monica Drum's last will and testament was found in her safe deposit box.

Photo of mailed letters with the word "Evidence" stamped on them

Handwritten correspondence from Lori to Monica was found in her safe deposit box.

Silhouette of a man with the Oxford Eagle office in the background and the Oxford Weekly Planet logo superimposed

Rick Hughes addresses the community about his involvement in the Monica Drum murder.

Yoknapatawpha County office of the Mississippi Dept. of Mental Health

At the sheriff's department's request, the county mental health service evaluated Melvin Roberts.

Photo of bullet cartridges

The lab analyzed evidence collected from the crime scene and from Mr. Roberts.

Silhouette of a female child

Investigators researched the background of Jessica Shaffer, named as a beneficiary of Monica's will.

Older man with glasses and thinning gray hair

Kenzie Walker reportedly was with Melvin Roberts shortly after Monica Drum was killed.

Black and white security video still

YCSD investigators located video of a person of interest at the time of the murder.

Man with his head down and his fists clenched in his hair

The Crime Beat reports: Another twist in the Drum murder investigation

Photo of questioned document examination marks on handwritten evidence

Analysts conducted a preliminary examination of the handwritten note found among Monica's effects.

Older man with short dark hair

The scion of a political family, Edward Hagen currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Older man with short dark hair

The detectives spoke to Representative Hagen about some items in Monica Drum's effects.

photo of a gloved hand holding a card with a latent fingerprint on it

The lab provided their preliminary findings on evidence recovered from the crime scene.

Middle-aged man with short dark and a salt-and-pepper mustache

The detectives asked Mr. Knight about his involvement in Rep. Hagen's relationship with Monica Drum.

Photo of the entrance to a red brick building with "Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office"

Preliminary report on the autopsy of Monica Drum. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Woman with shoulder-length salt-and-pepper hair

The detectives met with the Oxford Eagle janitor about what she witnessed the night of the murder.

Man with close-cropped dark hair

Rick joined the Eagle staff after earning a master's degree in journalism from Ole Miss.

Man with close-cropped dark hair

After Melvin Roberts confessed to killing Monica Drum, Rick Hughes contacted the detectives and agreed to come in for an interview.

Funeral card for Monica Drum with the Oxford Weekly Planet logo overlaid in the bottom right corner

The Oxford Weekly Planet covered the local memorial service for Monica Drum.

Woman with shoulder-length salt-and-pepper hair

The YCSD arranged for Frannie Grace to try to remember more about the night of the murder.

Unsmiling man with short dark hair

The detectives wanted to know if Shawn remembered anything more about the night Monica was murdered.

The Crime Beat reports: Alleged illegal gambling ring exposed


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