Three charged with murder for death of Mississippi Choctaw man

The flag of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Image from Manataka American Indian Council

Three people have been charged with murdering a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Jonis Keith Joe, 37, was stabbed to death sometime on August 15. Tommy Cotton III, 23; James Bell, Jr., 19; and Davian Wilson, 20, are accused of murdering him, according to news reports.

A fourth person -- a juvenile -- was arrested in connection with the crime. But news reports conflict on whether he was charged with murder.

Authorities are trying to determine if the crime was related to the shooting of Nathan Bell, 26, who was Joe's cousin, on June 1. Family members believe the incidents are connected.

Ruben Cruz, 23, has been charged with aggravated battery in connection for allegedly shooting Bell.

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Three charged with murder in stabbing death of Jonas Joe (The Neshoba Democrat 8/27)
Four Charged with Murder in Pearl River Community (WTOK 8/27)
Man charged with aggravated battery (The Neshoba Democrat 8/27)

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