Man ac­cused of killing three in drunken rage

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CAR­ROLL­TON – A Mis­sis­sippi man was charged with killing three peo­ple who stopped him from driv­ing drunk last week, a lo­cal CBS af­fil­i­ate re­ported Thurs­day.

Po­lice said one of Michael Barn­hill’s vic­tims was his wife, Mar­lee, who was cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day with Barn­hill and friends. She would have turned 27 the next day.

“These were all good friends hav­ing a nice time to­gether,” Car­roll County Sher­iff Clint Walker said af­ter the shoot­ings. “Michael Barn­hill, how­ever, be­came drunk and bel­liger­ent dur­ing the course of the even­ing. The oth­ers dis­cour­aged his drunk­en­ness, and he be­came an­gry and com­bat­ive.”

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s re­port, when Mar­lee re­fused to give her hus­band the keys to his truck, he went to the ve­hi­cle to re­trieve a hand­gun. Barn­hill, 30, re­port­edly re­turned with the firearm, slapped a cig­a­rette out of his wife’s hand and shot her in the chest. He then shot and killed the party’s hosts, Jim and Brooks Har­rell, po­lice said.

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