OLIVE BRANCH, MS (abc24.com) - Police revealed more details about a Mississippi man found dead at Shelby Farms Saturday, January 21st. Investigators say money was the motive for his murder.
Olive Branch Police arrested two men around ten o'clock the morning of Monday, January 23rd. 21-year-old Nicholas Walker and 17-year-old Charles Shoemake are charged with the murder of Paul Victor III.
Cops say the three men were arguing around 2 o'clock Saturday morning when Victor was killed in Olive Branch.
Walker and Shoemake then took his body to Shelby Farms and dumped it, trying to hide what happened. A jogger found Victor's body just hours later.
"They were familiar with that area," said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham. "They knew it would be isolated and closed that late at night. They used that as an opportunity to try to get rid of the evidence."
"While the investigation is still ongoing, it is believed the motive for the crime is a dispute over money," said Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage.
That's all cops will say right now.
The three men are from Plantation Lakes in Olive Branch, living just a few houses apart on the same street. Police believe Victor was killed inside a car in that neighborhood, strangled and hit.
"His body was discovered 8:30 Saturday morning," Oldham said.
Since then, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have been working with Olive Branch Police on the case.
They say evidence led them to Walker and Shoemake; after searching their homes, the two were arrested around 10:00 Monday morning.
"It culminated this morning and late last night," said Oldham. "Officers and deputies worked relentlessly."
Walker and Shoemake are being held on bonds set just under one million dollars each.
Neither one of them has a criminal history, but the victim, Paul Victor, had a few misdemeanors with the Olive Branch Police Department.