Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to 2014 Murder

September 4, 2018

A man charged with second degree murder in the 2014 killing of a 17-year-old woman pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Dewayne Thompson, 23, will spend the next 25 years in prison for murdering Katelyn Beard before taking her body and dumping it into a ditch in rural Hinds County on August 31, 2014. Beard was a friend of Thompson’s family.

Thompson pleaded guilty before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 15 years suspended and 25 years to serve, followed by five years of supervised probation.

“I hope Katelyn’s family can find comfort in knowing that this evil man will not see daylight for many years,” said General Hood.

This case was given to the Attorney General’s Office upon recusal due to conflict of interest by the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Steven Waldrup. It was investigated by the Jackson Police Department with assistance from AG Investigator Perry Tate.


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