Marshall homeowner accused of shooting man dead during party

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 3:42pm

A Marshall man is in custody after he shot a man dead during an argument at his house over the weekend.

At around 8 a.m. on Saturday, Harrison County dispatchers received a call regarding a shooting in the 300 block of Floyd Evans Road. When deputies arrived, they saw Curtis Jerome Roberts, 53, lying on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Deputies administered first aid to Roberts, but were not able to save him. At 9:15 p.m., he was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Westy Meisenheimer and an autopsy was ordered.

The homeowner, James Earl Rudd, 60, was placed into a squad car as witnesses were interviewed. Authorities were told Rudd and Roberts had been arguing during a party throughout the day, and it culminated when Rudd allegedly grabbed a shotgun and killed Roberts.

Rudd was placed under arrest, taken to the Harrison County Jail and booked on one count of murder.

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