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Murder Charges in Newton Murders


Suspects were taken into custody within 7 days and charged within 14 days.


The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department have formally charged Austin Harrell and Shaunna Reynolds with the murders of Breanna Strickland and Kaitlyn Goolsby.


An initial appearance was held this morning and both Harrell and Reynolds bonds were denied. This investigation started on Friday March 4th and has involved Choctaw tribal land and 5 neighboring counties throughout the investigation.


Sheriff Joedy Pennington would like to thank the following law enforcement agencies the FBI, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Choctaw Police Department, Scott County sheriffs office, Lauderdale County sheriffs office, Neshoba county sheriffs office, Leake county sheriffs office, Sebastopol police department, Union police department and the Winston County sheriffs office. Thank you Sheriff Eric Clark for working side-by-side with my department in this investigation.


Countless man hours went into solving these murders and bringing the suspects behind bars.

"Our goal from day one was to bring justice for the two victims and their families and to find the ones responsible. God Blessed us" Joedy Pennington- Sheriff Newton County

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