HOUSTON – Authorities continue to investigate leads and gather evidence in the death of Ray “Shorty” Bevill, but have yet to make an arrest.
Bevill was found dead in his 206 Aberdeen Road home of stab wounds on April 15 after relatives had not seen him in two days.
“We are getting closer to making an arrest,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “There are a lot of rumors in the community that just are not true. We are building this case on facts and hard evidence.”
Voyles did say suspected DNA evidence was recovered at the scene and his department is awaiting lab results.
“We still want people to call us if they hear anything or have any information,” said Voyles. “We hear stuff everyday and we check out every lead. The community has been good about telling us things and we do appreciate that.”
Voyles said authorities have detained several people as suspects and questioned dozens.
“I do feel better about this case than I did at one point,” said Voyles. “Nobody wants to make an arrest anymore than I do. As soon as we make an arrest, the community will know about it.”
The state crime lab finished their initial investigation two weeks ago and their report said Bevill died from multiple stab wounds and he suffered defensive type wounds to his hands.
Voyles said Bevill was last seen on the parking lot of Walmart in Houston about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said the autopsy report put Bevill’s death as either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning April 13-14.
Authorities were called to Bevill’s house, Monday after friends and family could not get him to come to the door. When Houston police made entry to the home they realized there had been a struggle and they were dealing with an apparent homicide.
A Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Unit and personnel were sent to process the scene and collected several bags of evidence.
Voyles has said police had been called to Bevill’s home a couple of weeks ago to investigate the theft of prescription medicine. Voyles added it is not known if the two incidents are connected.
Voyles said the crime was probably committed by someone who knew Bevill. He did not elaborate.
Both Voyles and Harmon said they think this homicide is an isolated incident, but they did urge residents to exercise caution and always lock doors and windows.
Authorities have not speculated on a motive or said if a weapon used in the crime has been recovered.
“Anytime you have the possibility of capital murder charges, you have to build a strong case,” said Voyles. “We have been very busy with this case. We have leads and suspects and are checking and double checking everything. We are just asking the community to be patient.”