A 39-year-old Alcorn County man has been arrested for murder and other felony charges after a Corinth man was found shot to death inside a burning vehicle this week.
Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell identified the suspect as David F. Rhodes of CR 192, who remains in the Alcorn County Jail facing charges of murder, arson, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Officials are waiting word from the State Medical Examiner's office for a positive identification of the victim, but it is believed to be 28-year-old Terrance Cole of Corinth, said Caldwell.
A devastated family member who contacted the Daily Corinthian said Cole died on his birthday.
The bizarre turn of events unfolded at 12:38 p.m. Wednesday when Alcorn County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a person being shot at a residence on CR 192, Corinth.
"When deputies arrived, there was no sign of a crime at the location," the sheriff told the Daily Corinthian. "While deputies were at the residence on CR 192, the Corinth Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle fire on Main Street near Buchannan Street in the city of Corinth."
The body of a male was discovered in the vehicle and was taken into custody walking away from the scene of the vehicle fire, said Caldwell.
It was determined the shooting took place on CR 192 and the body of the victim was driven to Main Street and the vehicle was set on fire, added the sheriff.
The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Corinth Police Department, said Caldwell.