Town of Pelahatchie Suffers Tragedy

Tayla Martin, Staff Writer

On Sunday, September 8, at 6:45 PM, the peaceful town of Pelahatchie came to life, when shots rang out on the 100th block of North Brooks Avenue. A man was shot and lost his life that night. 

Twenty-one-year-old year old Brandon Lewis was allegedly shot once in the upper torso with a small-caliber weapon by William Ray Holley, 23 years old. 

Lewis was recently released from jail and was waiting to go to trial. During Christmas of 2017, Lewis shot and killed his father, William Adcock of Lena, and freely admitted to this murder.

Witnesses say that they heard the two men arguing in the house before the shot was fired. There were four small children and a woman in the house when police arrived; all were unharmed. 

The shooting happened as the Pelahatchie Baptist Church, located across the street from where the shooting took place, let out and their members provide comfort for the small children. 

“Honestly I never expected something like this to happen in our quiet little town,” Hannah Steadham, sixteen-year-old resident of Pelahatchie, told the newspaper with sadness in her voice. “Everyone knows everyone and we’re all just so friendly. I didn’t know Brandon Lewis, but I grieve the loss for his family and friends. This is such a sad thing.” 

The police say that it is too early to tell if the shooting was a result of some kind of a love triangle between the woman, the victim, and the shooter. Police also believe that the victim and shooter may have not known each other before the day of the shooting. 

The police took Holley into custody upon arriving. He has been charged with manslaughter and faces a $20,000 bond after his appearance on Monday.