JPD has issued an arrest warrant for Darion Givens in the murder of an unidentified Hispanic male at the American Star Inn on 2655 I-55 South. JPD charged Tiffany Brister with Accessory after the fact of capital murder and are also seeking Crystal Chancellor for questioning. Givens is well known to law enforcement.
JPD issued this statement:
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Precinct 1 officers responded to American Star Inn located at 2655 I-55 South regarding a shooting. During the preliminary investigation it was learned that an unidentified Hispanic male, later identified as Juan Carlos had been shot once in the parking lot of this location. He was transported to UMMC for medical treatment where he succumbed to injuries shortly after arrival and was pronounced deceased.
On July 26, 2015, Robbery/Homicide Detectives located the Ford Taurus used in this incident and detained Tiffany Brister. She was later questioned and subsequently charged with Accessory After the Fact of Capital Murder.
On July 27, 2015, Robbery/Homicide Detectives identified Darion Givens as one of the suspects involved in this incident. He has been charged with Capital Murder. As a result of the investigation, Crystal Chancellor has been charged with Capital Murder. Warrants have been secured and issued for them both.
Darion Givens has a previous arrest for a 2010 Murder in Hinds County.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Darion Givens and/or Crystal Chancellor is urged to contact the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234 or 355-TIPS (8477).
Givens was indicted last year for house burglary. The indictment states that he and Jalen Johnson broke into and robbed the home of a Betty Turner on Meadow Lane in South Jackson. Givens pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property. Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan sentenced him to a prison sentence of four years and imposed a $750 fine on April 21.
However, Givens was also indicted for murder in the death of Felicia Miller in 2010. WAPT reported:
District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith withdrew the charges against Givens. State medical examiner Dr. Thomas Deering testified that he could not determine if the death was a homicide of suicide (See p.31 below). The defense obtained a second opinion on the autopsy from Dr. Stephen Hayne, the former state medical examiner. He stated the wound was consistent with that of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were also no actual witnesses to the shooting. The victim's family also recommended that the District Attorney not pursue charges against Givens. Circuit Judge Jeff Weill approved the requests on November 9, 2012. Hinds County public defender Allison Kelly represented the defendant.