Two arrested, one questioned in Scott County murder

The body of 32-year-old Latasha Patrick Johnson was found in a burned vehicle in the Bienville National Forest.

VIDEO: Two arrested, one questioned in Scott County homicide case

SCOTT COUNTY, MS - Two people face charges and a third has been named a person of interest in the death of a Scott County woman found burned in her car in the Bienville National Forest.

Kathleen Graffenread and Christopher Rutledge were arrested in September and charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of 32-year-old Latasha Patrick Johnson.

Christopher Rutledge
Christopher Rutledge
Kathleen Graffenread
Kathleen Graffenread

Now, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department has named a person of interest in this case. Jeremy Chunn is in custody on separate charges in Rankin County.

“We wish we didn’t have victims, but in this case we do and we always want to work for the victims and their families,” said Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee.

Graffenread and Rutledge are accused of having evidence belonging to Johnson in their possession after her death.

"Due to taking items such as credit cards and a driver’s license that was found,” said Lee.

As for Jeremy Chunn, he is a person of interest in the case.

Jeremy Chunn was arrested by Rankin Co. authorities on Tuesday. Source: Rankin Co. SO
Jeremy Chunn was arrested by Rankin Co. authorities on Tuesday. Source: Rankin Co. SO

He was arrested in Rankin County and charged with felony evasion, possession of a controlled substance and theft.

Sheriff Lee says this is second time he has been questioned in this case, but now his team has new evidence that could link to the murder in Scott County.

“He is a person of interest because we found items in his vehicle that is known evidence, some of the belongings of the deceased," said Sheriff Lee. "We have been looking Chunn for weeks and had different locations on him, so we are glad he was arrested.”

Sheriff Lee points out that the suspects and Chunn all knew each other, but he is trying to find out what’s the connection with Mrs. Johnson.

“Sometimes it’s cut and dry about what happened and sometimes it is not," explained Lee. "In this case, it is not. It is almost like finding a needle in a haystack.”

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