From Staff and Press Reports
James Pratt, 31, of Weir received multiple and fatal gunshot wounds while being robbed inside his vehicle in Bruce recently.
The incident occurred on Highway 32 in Bruce at the Bruce Bait Shop.
An investigation by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and investigators of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department resulted in two people charged with capital murder in connection with the February 18 death of Pratt.
JaShon Coleman, 21, of Derma and 19-year-old Breanna Westmoreland of Banner are being held in the Calhoun County Jail on $1 million bond each. Coleman also faces an armed robbery and possession of weapon charge. If convicted of capital murder, they could face the death penalty.
“About 12:30 am Bruce Police department was out on patrol, they went by Bruce Bait Shop there in the city limits and saw a truck parked there and it caught his eye. It had been running with the lights on and he pulled in to check on it. And once he approached the vehicle, he found a male leaned over in the vehicle non-responsive,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan.
Pratt was dead at the scene.
Investigators used surveillance video from the bait shop and from Haworth Seating Plant in Bruce where Pratt and Coleman were coworkers to aid in their investigation.
Pratt and Coleman had recently gotten off work. Pratt was giving Coleman a ride when they pulled over at the bait shop where Coleman robbed Pratt. Pratt resisted and was shot multiple times.
Coleman then got out of Pratt’s car and got in a waiting vehicle driven by Westmoreland.
Funeral services for James Pratt will be Thursday, February 25 at Weir Chapel M.B. Church in Weir. Visitation will be Today, February 24 at West Funeral Home in Starkville from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Elder Michael Bingham, officiating.
Mr. Pratt leaves behind a wife, a son, two stepsons, a mother and father, a brother and a sister.