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Suspect in former band director's murder has bond set

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James A. Curry  (Source: Family) James A. Curry (Source: Family)
Bobby Thomas (Source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Dept.) Bobby Thomas (Source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Dept.)
CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Bobby Thomas, the man accused in the murder of former Port Gibson band director James Curry, had his bond set Monday at $250-thousand. But as of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, he had not made bond.

Curry, 64, was fatally shot inside of his Port Gibson home at 804 Vine Street around 3:45 a.m. October 9. Police shot Thomas at the scene but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Warren Strain, Public Affairs Director with the Mississippi Bureau of investigations, said police responded to the address after a report of gun fire.

According to Strain, once at the address police found Curry had been shot and killed. Officers fired and shot murder suspect Bobby Thomas.

Neighbor James Scott says, "I heard he came out of the house with a 9mm pistol. The chief of police asked him to drop his weapon and he did not drop his weapon and he was fired at two times. He was hit in the hand and the left leg."

Thomas, 28, of 1060 Griff Circle in Port Gibson, was transported to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg and later taken to the University Medical Center in Jackson.

The Mississippi Bureau of investigations, Claiborne County Sheriff's Department and the Port Gibson Police Department are investigating this homicide.

Port Gibson residents say Curry served as band director for nearly 30 years, and recently had worked to help band members acquire college scholarships through band programs.

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