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Man suspected in Stuckey’s murder in custody in Copiah County

Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones reported that a suspect in the February 6 murder of 18-year-old Shiva Behal at Stuckey’s in Gallman is now in custody of authorities at the county jail in Gallman.

Arther D. Lestrick, 29, was arrested in the Jackson area on Thursday evening on a warrant for capital murder. Lestrick is originally from Monticello but had been living in Jackson, according to Sheriff Jones.

Lestrick was apprehended at about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl while he was taking his girlfriend to work. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force apprehended Lestrick, then notified Copiah County law enforcement of the arrest.

The suspect allegedly shot Behal once in the chest after Behal refused to give him money fro the cash register. A painter in the back room at Stuckey’s overheard the incident but could give only a limited description of the suspect. A citizen on the outside of Stuckey’s was able to give useful information to officials.

Lestrick has been charged with capital murder and is being held in the Copiah County Detention Center. A court date had not been set at press time.

Sheriff Jones reported that Lestrick was previously convicted of the 1998 armed robbery of Strong Hope Store and sentenced to seven years in that case.

The victim’s family had owned the Stuckey’s in Gallman for about a month before the fatal shooting occurred. Behal was living in an apartment in the back of the business while remodeling was underway. His family owns several businesses in Brookhaven.

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