Second suspect arrested for murder of Jackson pastor has criminal history
The 62-year-old pastor was killed in front of his church, New Bethany Missionary Baptist on Hill Avenue, Sunday morning.
Jackson police arrested 23-year-old Bernard Randall on Tuesday. He is charged with capital murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery of an individual.
He, along with 22-year-old Marquez Hamilton, are charged with shooting and killing the pastor. Randall was denied bond during an initial appearance Tuesday morning.
Police are connecting Bernard Randall to other violent crimes in the area, some of which were caught on surveillance cameras.
He also faces charges in a robbery at the Food Mart on Robinson Street that happened last week, where he shot another man.
The victim, who was shot in the arm, survived.
Residents in the area are pleased he is off the streets.
“It’s terrible," said Breeland Thomas. "We gotta work more and go forward, we can’t go backwards. All this killing has to stop eventually or there won’t be anyone left in Jackson to carry on.”
We learned more about Randall’s criminal history on Tuesday.
He was indicted in February 2017 for a 2016 residential burglary.
In November of 2017, he was sentenced by Hinds Circuit Judge Tomie Green to one year of unsupervised probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
In November of 2018, there was an affidavit against Randall, stating that he had not once reported to his probation officer since being placed on probation. His whereabouts were unknown.
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