A second defendant in the George Harris murder case entered a guilty plea Thursday in Alcorn County Circuit Court.

Judge Paul Funderburk sentenced Shaquavia Gunn, 21, of Proper Street, to a life sentence on the charge of first-degree murder. Darius Jordan Deen entered a guilty plea last October and was sentenced to life on a murder charge and 35 years on an armed robbery charge.

Gunn and Deen, along with Shakoa Walker, were accused in the May 2018 shooting death and robbery of 57-year-old George Earl Harris, owner of the Your Way lawn service and home repair business.

The police investigation found that the suspects took a large amount of cash from the Liddon Lake Road home of Harris, along with the victim’s wallet and cell phone and a piece of recording equipment for video surveillance of the property.

Harris died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to the autopsy. The murder was discovered after Harris’ employees gathered at the shop on the property waiting to begin the work day and Harris did not report to work as normal.

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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