PERRY COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING ANOTHER IN THE BACK

A 40-year-old man is accused of shooting another several times in the back in what the Perry County Sheriff’s Department says is their first homicide case of the year.

Tony Hogan was charged with the murder of Wardell Turner, 24. Both are from Marion.

Investigators said Turner was shot three to four times in the back Monday afternoon at his home along Highway 14 West. Authorities said they believe Hogan was hiding outside the home, waiting until Turner was in a defenseless position to confront him. When Turner fell, witnesses said Hogan fled in Turner’s vehicle, possibly running over Turner’s body.

Perry County Sheriff Billy Jones said the murder escalated from an ongoing feud between the victim and his accused killer.

“I would just like to let people know if you’re in an ongoing feud with someone, there’s always a way out,” Jones said. “If you don’t know how to get out, just pray about the situation. Better things can happen besides taking someone else’s life.”

Hogan turned himself in last night, and he’s being held in the Perry County Jail with no bond. The murder charge he’s facing could be upgraded to capital murder because he stole the victim’s vehicle.

The vehicle was recovered, but a murder weapon has not yet been found, and the investigation is ongoing.

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