Man accused of killing three in drunken rage
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.