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Ninth person arrested in connection to HPD officer slayings makes initial appearance

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HATTIESBURG, MS - A ninth suspect in connection to the Hattiesburg police officer murders made his initial appearance in Justice Court Friday morning. 

Broderick Kendell Varnado, 25, of Hattiesburg has been charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder. 

Varnado's bond was set at $90,000.

Varnado was previously indicted in January 2014 in Forrest County for a sexual battery charge stemming from a Jan. 2006 to Dec. 2007, incident involving touching of a child under the age of 14. According to the indictment, Varnado engaged in the act of sexual intercourse. 

He entered a guilty plea in court in August of 2014, and was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine. Varnado's sentence was suspended, all but time served, and pursuant to and in conformity with post-release supervision for 5 years.


May 18:

The three latest suspects arrested in connection to the Hattiesburg police officer murders made their initial appearance in court Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Brady Jr.'s bond was set at $20,000 for possession of a stolen gun.

Brady Jr., 22, was arrested late Friday, May 15th by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked into the Forrest County Jail where he is awaiting his initial appearance. Brady Jr.'s bond was revoked due to a previous charge of aggravated domestic violence that occurred in Petal on Hillcrest Loop in April 2015.

According to investigators, Brady allegedly hit his girlfriend, burned her with a cigarette and kicked her, as well as allegedly put his hands around her neck to choke her. Investigators added the victim had bruises from head to toe as well as marks around her neck.

Douglas Mcphail, 21, the seventh suspect, was charged with obstruction of justice. He was arrested Friday afternoon in Hattiesburg, and has been booked into the Forrest County Jail. His bond was set at $15,000 for allegedly helping to destroy evidence related to the case. The state requested $100,000 bond, but the judge disagreed because McPhail had no previous record. 

Anquanette L. Alexander, 19, the sixth suspect, was also arrested and is being held on obstruction of justice charges. Her bond was set at $10,000. 

May 15th:

A fifth suspect made his initial appearance at 8:30 a.m. in Justice Court Friday morning.

Abram Wade Franklin's bond was set at $75,000, and was charged with rendering criminal assistance in death of two HPD officers.

Franklin has several misdemeanor charges from the past, including a few assault charges. He claims the charges "were just a misunderstanding."

Those five suspects have been remanded into custody of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department.

Two "person's of interest" were interviewed, but not charged on Wednesday night.

May 11th:

Four suspects in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers made their initial appearance in Forrest County Court last Monday afternoon. Curtis Banks arrived in an orange jumpsuit, and cut off Judge Gay Polk-Payton as she tried to swear him in.

Curtis' charge was one count of accessory after the fact of capital murder. His bond was set at $100,000 in connection to the shooting deaths. His previous bond was revoked on a drug possession charge from 2013. Until that is cleared, he cannot bond on the accessory after fact, per the judge.

Cornelius Clark was charged with obstruction of justice and hindering prosecution. Clark allegedly helped prolong the other arrests the night of the shooting. His bond was set at $75,000.

Joanie Calloway, 22, was originally charged with two counts of capital murder. Her charges were lessened to one count of accessory after the fact. Calloway allegedly helped Marvin Banks knowing he helped kill the two officers. Her bond was set at $75,000.

Marvin Banks, 29, has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Marvin was the alleged shooter. He was accompanied in court by Mississippi State Troopers at his side. His bond was denied for the shooting. His bond was set at $100,000 for possession of a weapon, and grand larceny auto.

The two officers that were killed were identified as Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25.

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