Posted: Mar 25, 2006 3:22 pm
Well, that is over:
He lived in Midtown duplex next to Smiths
By Pamela Perkins
March 25, 2006
A suspect in the grisly killings of a Midtown couple, found wrapped in plastic in an attic, died early Friday during a gun battle with police that also killed his father.
Police said that Larry Mosely, 29, of Memphis would have been charged with the murders of the man and woman whose bodies were found inside 765 East Parkway S. Thursday afternoon.
Mosely and his father, Frank Mosely, 69, of Murfreesboro were killed near Coldwater, Miss., in an early morning shootout.
The Shelby County Medical Examiner, using dental records and fingerprints, on Friday confirmed the bodies inside the duplex were those of James Smith, 22, and Stephanie Grace Smith, 21, who lived at 767 East Parkway S. across from Mid-South Fairgrounds.
Larry Mosely, James Smith's uncle, lived in the adjoining duplex.
The Smiths' deaths were ruled a "blunt force trauma homicide" by the Medical Examiner, said police spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins.
"The manner in which (the suspect) concealed them was like something out of a Stephen King novel," Higgins said.
Both bodies were tightly wrapped in "plastic and all kinds of stuff," Higgins said.
"The method of this murder was so brutal, I wouldn't want to bring a family member in to view their remains."
The Smiths were last seen leaving Tunica's Horseshoe Casino in their gray pickup March 15. James Smith had gone to the casino to pick up his wife from her housekeeping job. Higgins said authorities had sought Larry Mosely ever since the couple were reported missing in Tunica on Sunday.
The matter became a criminal investigation Tuesday after Tunica County authorities gave Memphis police information indicating foul play, Higgins said.
Memphis police executed warrants Thursday to search a number of locations, including the two addresses at the duplex.
Memphis police alerted the Tate County Sheriff's Department that Mosely could be at the home of a friend or relative near Coldwater. Authorities with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Tate and Tunica counties staked out the home.
A few hours later, Larry Mosely emerged from the home with his father and left in the father's Chevrolet Celebrity, said Chief Deputy Brad Lance of the Tate County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies pulled the Chevrolet over about 4:30 a.m.
"During the traffic stop, shots were fired from within the vehicle and one officer did discharge his firearm," Lance said.
"Exactly how everything transpired is being investigated" by the MBI.
Autopsies are being performed on the father and son. No deputies were injured.
Higgins said money could have been the motive in the slaying because Stephanie Smith withdrew "a large sum of money" from the bank on March 16, the day after the couple were seen leaving the casino.
"Until we can really comb through that house ... it's anybody's guess as to what the motive is," Higgins said.
"The only person who can give us any information about a motive is one of the decedents, either of the four."