Capital murder charges dropped in murder case involving popular peanut salesman

VIDEO: Charges dropped in "Peanut Man" case

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Capital murder charges are now dismissed in the case involving the death of a popular peanut salesman known throughout the Delta.

Atoya Savell and Victor Manor, who had been charged with the capital murder of Billy Ray Peeples, were released from jail Tuesday after their charges were dismissed.

“It very hurtful to be reopening this case with no answers again,” said Stacey Jones, Peeples' niece.

It’s been 3 months since Stacey Jones Uncle, Billy Ray Peeples known as the Peanut Man was found lying in a pool of blood at his storage facility in Yazoo City.

Jones says it’s disappointing to hear the two people arrested for his murder are now free of capital murder charges.

“We are shocked and sadden,” said Jones. “I don’t understand how you had evidence to arrest them on a capital murder charge and then you have to let them go.”

Yazoo City police say the reason why The charges were dismissed without prejudice against the two is they say the witnesses stopped cooperating and basically backed out, and this would have made it more difficult for attorney’s to prosecute the case.

“It is really important because no one deserves to die in a manner he died.,” added Jones.

Police say they understand the family’s concerns, and they want to point out that the case is far from over.

They want the family to know that they can recharge the suspects if or when they get what they need as the investigation continues.

“The only hope I have is that someone will confess. I don’t really have a lot of faith in the evidence after they had to let them go," said Jones. “But then again, we don’t want someone arrested who didn’t do the crime. We don’t want that for anybody or anybody’s family. We want the actual people who did the crime.”

If you have any information that can help this case, you can call the Yazoo City Police Department or Crimestoppers,

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