Plantersville  shooting  being treated as homicide

Keith Anderson

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is treating the death of the Plantersville man, found in his yard, as a homicide. On Feb. 7, about 5:40 a.m., deputies discovered the body of Keith Adam Anderson, 46, who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound, lying in the grass. Anderson was a registered sex offender having pled guilty to attempted sexual abuse from an incident which occurred in August 2008 in Madison, Ala. He moved to Lee County shortly after the sentencing. The shooting could be related to his status as a “sex offender” but law enforcement say it could be something else. “This guy was involved in so much. We were actively investigating him for child pornography. That case was about to go down,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “There was also major drug activity going on. He was a pretty big supplier. So there was a lot on his plate. “When we look for motive — we have to think plural. There were lots of possible motives.” Law enforcement believe he was shot sometime before midnight on Feb. 6 based on the condition of the body and witness testimony. He was shot through the right arm. The bullet entered the chest cavity and did major damage to essential organs. The autopsy has been completed and the results are back but are not being released as of press time due to the continuing investigation. “We are still working on the exact timeline. There were some family members living next door,” Johnson said. “And they heard a gunshot but that was not abnormal. Even though he was a convicted felon it was very common for him to shoot a gun.” It is unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a felony under the laws of Mississippi, or any other state, of the United States to possess any firearm or any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife, metallic knuckles, blackjack, or any muffler or silencer for any firearm unless such person has received a pardon. As of press time, no one had been arrested in connection with Anderson’s death though some were being questioned. “We’re headed in a good direction. We’ve picked up three people of interest and talked with them. One of them is still here,” Johnson said. “This case is solvable but it’s going to be difficult seeing all he was involved in.” If you have any information, related to this case, call (662) 841-9040.

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