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Evidence Lead Murder Investigation into Neshoba County

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 investigators discovered evidence that expanded the Newton County murder investigation to Neshoba County. Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) and Newton Sheriff’s Office started a coordinated effort to validate the information collected. Over the course of the next three days, local officers worked tirelessly gathering evidence to support the new information. The 8th District Attorney’s Office provided needed legal guidance to assure a strong legal case.

On Friday, March 18, 2022, Austin Harrell and Shaunna Reynolds were charged with the murder of Breanna Strickland in Neshoba County, MS. Both Harrell and Reynolds were served arrest warrants and appeared before Neshoba County Justice Court for an initial appearance. Bond was denied for both suspects, as they remain in custody in Newton County, MS.

I echo Sheriff Joedy Pennington’s statement from earlier today which praised the coordinated efforts of local law enforcement agencies. This investigation spread over multiple jurisdictions, which shows proof of how blessed we are in the field of police protection.

Any information on crimes , please call Crime Stoppers at 855-485-8477

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