Update: Bond revoked for suspects arrested in connection with Rankin County homicide

Officials: 2 suspects in custody after person found dead inside Rankin County home

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - After initially having bonds set at $250,000 each, the bonds have been revoked for the two suspects arrested in connection with a Rankin County homicide.

Dantrell Jerome Hunter, 27, and Ashley Basham, 46, are both charged with murder after being arrested at a residence on Henry Cox Road in Lawrence County.

Both are facing first-degree murder charges.

Balsham was already out on bond in connection with stolen firearm and drug trafficking charges in Pearl River County.

It was not known if either had posted bond Wednesday afternoon.

Dantrell Jerome Hunter, 27
Dantrell Jerome Hunter, 27 (Source: Rankin County Sheriff’s Department)
Ashley Basham, 46
Ashley Basham, 46 (Source: Rankin County Sheriff’s Department)

The two were arrested Tuesday after authorities received a 911 call from Conerly Road in Braxton, Mississippi. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the victim, dead, with head trauma.

The victim was identified as Ashlei McFarland, 38, of Jasper County, She had been shot in the head, according to Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel, the judge granting bond.

Hunter allegedly pulled the trigger, McDaniel said.

“She was a good girl and she gave me a place to lay my head when I had nowhere to go,” said Tyler Cantrell, who knew the victim. He said he had told her just yesterday to stay away from the suspect police have now obtained.

Cantrell also said the victim was the kind of person who would do anything to help her friends. He said the male suspect, however, is not.

“She was just an all-out good girl, she had a good heart, she had a good spirit,” he said, describing the victim. “But old dude, old dude, he’s a ****. He’s a ****ed up individual. Messed up in his head.”

The two occupants of the home where Hunter and Basham were found have also been arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

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