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Atwood Woman Killed in Trenton; Suspect Charged with Reckless Homicide

By Crystal Burns, Trenton Gazette
Posted 12/10/19

An Atwood woman was shot and killed in Trenton early Sunday morning, and police have charged a Gibson County man with reckless homicide.Madisson Bright, 18, was shot at a house on 808 South Lexington …

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Atwood Woman Killed in Trenton; Suspect Charged with Reckless Homicide

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An Atwood woman was shot and killed in Trenton early Sunday morning, and police have charged a Gibson County man with reckless homicide.

Madisson Bright, 18, was shot at a house on 808 South Lexington Street in Trenton and was pronounced dead at the Milan Emergency Room, Trenton Police Chief Bill Cusson said.

Through their investigation, officers determined Deandrez Belew, 23, was a person of interest. Cusson said the Milan Police Department helped Trenton officers locate Belew, who was taken into custody Sunday and transported to the Gibson County Correctional Complex where he is incarcerated.

Monday morning, Cusson met with District Attorney Garry Brown and the department charged Belew with reckless homicide. Belew is scheduled for arraignment in Trenton City Court on Tuesday morning.

Cusson said based on officers’ initial investigation, Bright’s death appears to have occurred during the reckless act of Belew allegedly brandishing a handgun that was accidentally discharged. Cusson said based on evidence and witness statements, Belew possibly waved the gun around.

“We believe it’s going to be a reckless homicide,” Cusson said.

Cusson said there were five or six people in the home at the time of the incident, and three to four of them, including Bright and Belew, were in the front room of the house. He said all witnesses were cooperative with police.

Cusson said the house is a rental, and police are currently working to confirm the renter’s identity. They believe the renter was home at the time of the incident.

Dexter Williams, director of the West Carroll Special School District, released a statement Monday morning, offering condolences to Bright’s family and friends.

“The West Carroll Special School District is very saddened to hear about the death of one of our former students,” he said. “Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends, and all of her loved ones that she left behind. We will be praying for peace, healing, comfort, and understanding for her family and friends.”

Cusson said the investigation is ongoing and urged anyone with information to call the Trenton Police Department at 731-855-1413.

Atwood, Homicide

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