Rankin County Man Charged with New Year’s Eve Murder
On December 31st, 2016 at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from 115 Chain Lane Pelahatchie, MS, which is near the Crossroads Community. The caller stated that a female at the residence had accidentally shot herself in the chest.
Rankin County Deputies along with Rankin County Constable Gary Windham, Walters Fire Department and Pafford Ambulance Service responded to the address. When first responders arrived on scene, they found a 42 yoa female with a shotgun wound to the chest. Medical personnel performed CPR but were unable to revive the victim who passed away at the scene. Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Investigators responded and began to process the residence as a crime scene due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the shooting.
The victim’s roommate, John Preston FINCH, had inconsistencies in his stories. After consulting with District Attorney Michael Guest, FINCH was placed under arrest and transported to the Rankin County Jail. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth responded to the scene and recovered the victim’s body; he has requested an autopsy on the deceased. Coroner David Ruth has identified the victim as Amy Renee STEWART 42yoa female who was living at the same address as FINCH.
FINCH is being charged with Murder and will appear before District Attorney Michael Guest and Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an Initial Appearance.
This investigation is ongoing, but no additional arrests are anticipated.
John Preston FINCH 52YOA Male
1156 Highway 43 SouthPelahatchie, MS