Murder suspect was out on bond and facing six felony counts when he was arrested again

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Ashton White(JPD)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 1:24 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A new suspect arrested in connection with a June 1 homicide in Jackson was out on bond at the time of the incident.

Friday, Jackson Police announced they had arrested three new suspects linked to the June 1 shooting death of Antwan Howell.

Howell, 36, was shot in the 1700 block of Winchester Street in the early morning hours and later succumbed to his injuries.

His alleged Shooter, Ashton White, 29, was out on bond at the time and was awaiting trial on six felony counts.

In 2016, White was indicted by a Hinds County Grand Jury on four counts of house burglary and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was said to have broken into homes at 1303 Rosemont Cir., 438 Magnolia Trail, and 3129 Scotland Rd. In Clinton and 1704 Moncure Rd., in Terry.

At the time, he was armed with a Remington sportsman shotgun and a pistol, according to court documents.

In 2018, while he was awaiting trial on those charges, he was arrested again, that time for assaulting an officer at the Hinds County Detention Center.

He was indicted by a grand jury on that count in December 2020.

The indictment indicates that White caused the officer to strike his head against a cage wall “which resulted in a laceration at the back of his head.”

Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson released him on what appeared to be an $80,000 bond a year later, after neither of his cases had gone to trial.

He previously had a bond set at $150,000 on the burglary and felony possession charges, an amount that was reduced to $75,000 in June 2019. It was unclear if White was able to bond out. He was being held at the Raymond jail when he allegedly assaulted the officer there, records show.

White’s assault case trial was initially scheduled for July 6, 2021, before Peterson. However, the case was continued until September 13.

His burglary trial was initially slated to go forward on September 10, 2018, but has been rescheduled 13 times since.

It is currently slated to be heard by Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten on August 2.

In 2011, White was sentenced to 20 years in prison for house burglary but was given only eight years to serve.

As for the Howell case, police say they also have arrested Constance Burgess, 35, and Janice Fletcher, 35, who are each charged with hindering prosecution in the first degree after “initially providing conflicting information related to the murder,” according to JPD’s Twitter account.

Police say they are dropping all charges against Jaylan Howell, the individual who initially turned himself in for the murder.

A copy of White’s assault indictment is shown below.

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