Murder is Academic
Professor Hemphill found his colleague Douglas Reed shot to death at a literary conference.
The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of Douglas Reed, an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi.
Assistant professor Jake Hemphill discovered the body in a meeting room at the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center (YCCC) on Monday, June 13, 2022.
Professor Hemphill said he discovered the body when he came to double-check the preparations for the lecture he was scheduled to co-present in that room later that morning. He went looking for help and ran into YCCC Events Manager Yvonne Boyd, who called 911.
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Where do you start?
If this is your first look at the investigation, you may want to start with the Case Recap or one of these case documents:
- Sheriff's Department report on the incident
- Biography of the victim, Douglas Reed
- Interview with the person who found the body
- Interview with the 911 caller
- Interview with a speaker at the conference
- Press coverage of the professor's death