Neighbor suspected in shooting death of Jackson woman

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Mississippi |

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The 911 call came in as a burglary in progress on South Valley Falls Road. “One of the occupants of 922 called in, said someone was trying to break into his house,” says Jackson Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Scott.  “Once police arrived, they found the deceased body of a white female, she had been shot multiple times in the living room of this house.”

Police believe the man who called 911 is the man who pulled the trigger. The victim, 49-year-old Kalia Sprayberry, lived at 918 South Valley Falls Road, next door to the house where she died.

Sprayberry had been shot four times.  “She’s got gunshot wounds in her abdomen, shoulder and lower torso,” says Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

Police weren’t ready to say whether Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine would apply in this case. The two-year-old state law allows anyone with or without a gun license to shoot an intruder who unlawfully enters their house or dwelling. It may depend on whether the occupant’s life or property was threatened, and police have taken the alleged triggerman in for questioning to find out exactly what happened. More on

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