Two indicted in Dixie Road slaying

Shundray Johnson (left) and Tabarrius Coffey
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

Two men are indicted in the deaths of a Tupelo couple in a botched drug deal.

According to Clay County Circuit Court records, 25-year-old Tabarrius Coffey is indicted on two counts of felony murder, which also is known as felony manslaughter, in the March 14 shooting deaths of 23-year-old Kentario L. Boyd and 23-year-old Kenya Campbell.

If convicted, Coffey, of Calhoun City, faces up to 20 years in prison. Shundray Johnson, 23, of Mantee, is indicted on two counts of murder. That carries a stiffer penalty.

Both were to be arraigned in Clay County Circuit Court Wednesday, but Judge Lee Howard moved them to Monday when their attorneys can attend.

At the time of their arrests three days after the shootings, investigators said they thought Johnson was the trigger man and Coffey was an accomplice.

The bodies of Boyd and Campbell were found in a red Chrysler PT Cruiser on an isolated stretch of Highway 46 in rural western Clay County about a mile from the Webster County line. Johnson already is in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In August, he was sentenced to 17 years for sexual battery and aggravated assault in Chickasaw County.

Coffey, who is 6-foot5 and weighs 320 pounds, remains in the Clay County Jail. He was a standout football player at Calhoun City High School and Itawamba Community College. Coffey's indictment says he was an "accessory before the fact" in the sale of drugs and acted "without malice" in the shootings.

The two were indicted by a special Grand Jury recalled the week before Christmas. Coffey's sealed indictment was opened and he was served this week. Johnson will be served when he is brought to Clay County for Monday's arraignment.

Meanwhile, one of four people charged in the May 15, 2015, death of James (Fluffy) White has been indicted on a new charge.

According to court records, 22-year-old Raheem Johnson was indicted by the same special Grand Jury for aggravated assault for bashing Jamarquis Jackson in the face with a beer bottle on Nov. 4, 2015 during a fight at Club Tootoos in western Clay County.

Jackson required reconstructive surgery.

Johnson, of Mantee, was out of jail on $100,000 bond on the murder charge when the alleged assault occurred.

He is scheduled for trial Jan. 16 on the murder charge. Prosecutors have asked that he not be released on bond because of the new assault charge. Johnson, Roderick Johnson, Casey Watkins and Quentin Naugles were arrested in May 2015 and charged with murder in White's death.

Ironically, the death also occurred on Dixie Road.

The Clay County Grand Jury indicted Raheem and Roderick and Watkins, but found there wasn't enough probable cause to charge Naugles. In addition to Raheem Johnson, Roderick Johnson and Watkins have trial dates in two weeks although District Attorney Scott Colom says Raheem Johnson is the one most likely to go to trial this term of court.

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