It will be up to a grand jury to decide whether charges are brought in two recent shootings in Corinth – one that left a man dead and another that left a man critically injured.

Christopher Shamar Rogers, who was being sought in the July 4 shooting death of Dezzon Markez Thomas, 28, of Corinth, later turned himself in to police. Charges were not filed and the case will be presented to the grand jury, according to Corinth Police Department Capt. Dell Green.

The investigation found that Thomas initially fired at Rogers, opening the possibility that Rogers acted in self defense when he returned fire.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 4:52 p.m. on Independence Day in the area of Martin Luther King Drive. Thomas was found lying near the 500 block of Scales Street, and he died after being taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Rogers, 38, had left the scene.

In an unrelated case, no charges have been filed in the June 17 shooting of Carlton Marshall, 51, of Corinth. Marshall continues to be in critical condition at Regional One in Memphis as of Tuesday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Angie Golding.

Detective Heather Russell said the case will go before the grand jury in August to decide on charges.

The shooting happened at a North Parkway Street residence about 2:10 a.m. on June 17 following an argument between Marshall and another man.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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