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Ripley suspect charged with first-degree murder

Staff Reports • Dec 29, 2017 at 3:52 PM

MEMPHIS – A joint investigation by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents and Lauderdale County sheriff’s detectives resulted in the Dec. 22 arrest of Cornelius Phillips, 33, of Ripley, for first-degree murder.

TBI agents began the joint investigation Aug. 5 into a killing that happened the same day in Henning.

Investigators believe Phillips was responsible for killing Kenneth Jamar Peat, 29, of Ripley.

Officers arrested Phillips on Dec. 22 and charged him with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Phillips was arraigned Wednesday, and he remained in the Lauderdale County Jail on $125,000 bond. 

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