Two men in­dicted for 2016 Cot­ton District mur­der

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By LO­GAN KIRK­LAND news@starkvilledai­

Two Lown­des County men have been in­dicted for cap­i­tal mur­der in con­nec­tion to an in­ci­dent that left a Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity stu­dent dead in the Cot­ton District in 2016.

Jaylen Barker, 20 and Sy­boris Pip­pins, 18, are in the Ok­tibbeha County Jail, with Barker ac­cused in the shoot­ing death of Joseph Till­man, af­ter Pip­pins robbed Till­man in the Cot­ton District on Nov. 6.

Till­man was a mem­ber of the Phi Delta Theta fra­ter­nity and was a se­nior mar­ket­ing ma­jor at MSU.

Both Barker and Pip­pins were charged on Nov. 10, 2016.

The Starkville Po­lice Depart­ment pre­vi­ously said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Till­man in­ter­acted with the four sus­pects for sev­eral min­utes be­fore the fa­tal shot was fired. The vic­tim then chased one of the sus­pects to­wards Stag­ger In Sports Grill, be­fore re­turn­ing to the lo­ca­tion of the other sus­pects.

It is un­clear if a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion oc­curred be­tween Till­man and the sus­pects, but au­thor­i­ties stated a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion may have taken place be­fore the shoot­ing and prior to the sus­pected rob­bery.

“Our grand jury in Ok­tibbeha County re­viewed the ev­i­dence and in­dicted them,” District At­tor­ney Scott Colom said. “As far as com­ment­ing on the ev­i­dence, I can’t do that.”

Both Barker and Pip­pins will be ar­raigned be­fore a trial date can be set.

Colom could not con­firm the day or time of the ar­raign­ment, but said it will be in the next cou­ple of days.

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