Investigators believe murder suspect’s home was set on fire intentionally

Updated: Apr. 23, 2019 at 6:50 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The home of a man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy on Easter Sunday was set on fire a day later, according to officials.

Jackson firefighters put out flames at 3527 Bishop Street, the home of 41-year-old Stacy Lidell, Monday night.

Lidell is charged with the murder of Rodrick Johnson.

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According to Jackson police, he fired a weapon around several children, killing Johnson.

A man outside of the home, who identified himself as Lidell’s father, said on Tuesday that the suspect lived there. The man also pointed out that the house had a spot on the Jackson Civil Rights Tour.

He said Medgar Evers was at the home before he was killed.

The house is listed as number 76 on the tour.

The Civil Rights Tour website lists the home as that of the first two presidents of the North Jackson Youth Council. Colia Liddell and her brother, Lewis Liddell, lived there with their parents, Eugene and Colia Liddell and seven other brothers. They were guided by Medgar Evers and John Salter.

Jackson Fire Department Division Chief Cleotha Sanders said investigators believe the fire was set intentionally.

No injuries were reported.

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