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Three in custody in shooting of Gallman woman

The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that the Copiah County Sheriff’s office has made arrests in the shooting of Lillian Castleberry at her home on Raymond Road near Gallman last Thursday night. 

The newspaper’s website,, says that Jermaine Benson, Ashley Dollar, and Juan Catchings, all of Crystal Springs, were arrested and booked into Copiah County Detention Center, all charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery.

The case remains under investigation.  Read more in this week’s print edition of the Copiah County Courier.

A Copiah County woman is in stable condition at University Medical Center in Jackson after being shot twice in the back at her home between 9:30 and 10:00 last night, said Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones this morning.

Jones identified the victim as Lillian Castleberry of north Raymond Road near Gallman.

“According to what she told us last night, a black male attempted to break in her home and shot her in the back twice when she startled him.  Until we can talk to her at the hospital later today, we won’t have a description or a suspect,” Jones said.  He added that it is clear to him that robbery was the suspect’s motive.

Jones said that after she was shot, Castleberry was able to drive herself to a neighbor’s house about a mile and a half away.  The neighbor contacted the sheriff’s department, who dispatched deputies to that location and “made sure she was all right until medical personnel could arrive and get her to the hospital,” Jones said.  From there, Jones stayed with the victim, while Chief Deputy Chad O’Quinn, investigator Milton Twiner and other deputies began investigating the crime scene at the victim’s home.

“All we know is that she said the shooter was a black male.  We will continue investigating with what information we have and hopefully be able to get a better description from Mrs. Castleberry later today,” Jones said.

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