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KILLINGS COULD BE DRUG RELATED

Murder Suspect Behind Bars

The man wanted for a double murder in Harrison County has been arrested. Deputies arrested 47-year-old Robert Wayne Stewart just before ten last night near Wolf River Road close to where the shootings took place. Stewart is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Deputies say Stewart shot two Ocean Springs men then ran into some nearby woods next to Big Creek Road. He eluded authorities for most of the day.

Harrison County coroner Gary Hargrove has identified the victims as 43-year-old Howard Taranto, and 42-year-old Matthew Peresich. Autopsies will be done on both men Friday.

Sheriff George Payne says it's possible the double murder was tied to a bad drug deal. An investigation is underway.

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