Suspect arrested in Miss. State Univ. student's slaying

4:23 PM, Mar 26, 2012   |    comments
  • Mason Perry Jones was arrested Sunday night in the shooting death of a Miss. State Univ. student (Clarion-Ledger)
  • John Sanderson was shot to death Saturday night at Mississippi State University (Clarion-Ledger)
    
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JACKSON, Miss. (Clarion-Ledger) -- An arrest has been made in connection with Saturday's killing of a Mississippi State University student.

Mason Perry Jones, a "person of interest" in the fatal shooting of John Sanderson, was arrested in Memphis Sunday night, authorities said. Jones had been one of three suspects sought.

Sanderson, 21, of Madison, had transferred from Holmes Community College. He was shot multiple times "right outside" a dorm room on the first floor of Evans Hall, said Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs.

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Sanderson was pronounced dead at Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center at 11:03 p.m. Saturday, more than 40 minutes after his arrival at the hospital.

Authorities received a tip that Jones had boarded a bus in Jackson and was headed north and arrested him when he arrived at the station about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force made the arrest of Jones on a warrant out of Jackson for armed robbery. Authorities say he is now being held in jail in DeSoto County and is expected to be charged with capital murder.

The killing of Sanderson is believed to be the first time that a student has been shot on campus.

The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday. Footage from security cameras located at the entrances of Evans Hall, an all-male dormitory, also was obtained and has been used to help identify the suspects.

(Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.)

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