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Murder Victim Found on Porch As Espy Touts Crime Figures


CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — The same day Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy was holding a press conference celebrating what he called a “historic” low for crime in Clarksdale, a meter reader across town was dialing 9-1-1 to report a dead body on the front porch of a home in the 1400 block of Herrin Street. The victim was identified as 55-year old Willis McDowell and on Tuesday 58-year old Brunley McDowell was arrested; she is charged with the stabbing death of her husband. The killing marks a quick start to Clarksdale’s first homicide of 2020 after recording twelve homicides in 2018 but only two last year.

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