Beating leaves one man dead
by Sherry Soelman
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Koda Williamson
Upon being contacted by the Magee General Hospital around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night, August 25, 2011, the Smith County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation into an assault that left a young man in critical condition. According to Sheriff Charlie Crumpton, the charges turned into a murder investigation when the victim, Jessie Beech, 21, died Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Beech was beaten with two baseball bats, the sheriff said.

The altercation took place at an abandoned house on Highway 540 at the Simpson County line. From all accounts, the fight started in Simpson County at the home of Robert Sloane Burleson. According to Crumpton, Beech was trying to help a friend and the chase ended in Smith County.

The sheriff said from eye witness accounts, Burleson’s brother, Koda Williamson, 26, wielded one of the blows along with Bronson James, 34, from Simpson County. Tazah Hosey, 18, Burleson’s sister was arrested along with the two and all three were charged with murder.

Sheriff Crumpton said the victim’s friends, A. J. Richardson and Hunter Davis loaded Beech into a car and took him to Magee General where he was airlifted to Jackson. Beech died from blunt force trauma injuries to the head, according to Crumpton. Beech was from Raleigh.

By the time the altercation took place in Smith County a group of 20 to 25 people had gathered at the location. Other arrests made during the investigation were Dalton Chace, 18, Waylon Hoover, 18, and Danny Holt, 37. They were charged with aggravated assault. Sheriff Crumpton said drugs were involved and the confrontation was over narcotics.

Bond for Hosey, James, and Williamson was set at $750,000 for the charge of murder. Still at large is Burleson and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He, Williamson, and James were convicted felons out on probation. Anyone with information to Burleson’s location should contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Crumpton said both the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department and the Magee Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Published in August 31, 2011 Reformer
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