Canton man gets life in prison for 2019 murder of delivery driver

Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Canton man accused of killing a Domino’s delivery driver and dumping her body at an intersection in Madison County now faces life in prison.

The sentence was handed down Wednesday afternoon to Terrence Caldwell on capital murder. He also received 20 years for attempted murder, and an armed robbery charge was dropped.

Caldwell is accused of murdering Domino’s employee Hilerica “Latrice” Dortch and attempting to murder JASCO store clerk, Ranjit Singh.

Terrance J. Caldwell, 25, allegedly killed Dortch with a single gunshot. Her car was found abandoned shortly after she was reported missing. Her body was found days later.

Caldwell pled guilty to the murder last week.

Caldwell also allegedly shot gas station clerk Ranjit Singh in the face on an early December morning in 2019.

After shooting Singh, Caldwell then allegedly went behind the counter, grabbed an unknown amount of cash and ran from the scene.

“You took my only child away from me,” said Christine Turnell. The mother of Latrice Dortch gave a heartwrenching impact statement, speaking to the man sentenced to life in her death.

“Four and five days laying out in that weather,” said Turnell. “I didn’t know where she was, but you knew all the time where my daughter was. I hope you rot in hell.”

Caldwell made no statement to the court or the victim’s family.

“We’re just proud of law enforcement for pulling together and getting this dangerous, dangerous man off the streets,” said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Randy Harris.

The family said their faith gave them strength, and they were eager to confront Caldwell in court.

“It’s just a joyous day. A beautiful day outside,” said Dortch’s aunt Tammie Dortch. “We are so very overwhelmed with everything it’s great. It’s a great feeling to know that justice has been served today.”

Dortch’s 10-year-old son is being raised by her mother.

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