Billy Putnam Shot to death Mothers Day. On Mothers day went to the store to buy his wife flowers for Mother's Day. On the way out of the store 3 young people came up to him for his money. The 16 year fired several times killing Billy. Billy was a good friend of mine. Billy had many friends in Alabama & Mississippi. His home was in Lauderdale, Mississippi. This is near Meridian, MS. The picture of Billy's 1923 T Ford TK. He was a lover of Model T Fords. He will be missed and please remember his wife. A sad day in the USA
How sad. At the least, maybe the Model T community can do something for his wife.
Meridian, Miss. Three people have been charged in connection with the capital murder of Billy Putnam, 87.
Putnam was robbed and shot in the parking lot of Vowell's Market on North Hills Street in Meridian Sunday afternoon.
Shon Byrd, 16, is charged with armed robbery and capital murder.
Two others, DeCarlos Clark, 36, and Veronica Ferguson, 20, were charged as accessories after-the-fact.
Putnam's family is in shock that this happened to an innocent elderly man shopping in the middle of the day in north Meridian.
They say even more unbelievable to them is that a teenager is charged with the crime. Police have also confirmed Byrd was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time of the crime due to a previous charge.
In a cruel coincidence, Putnam's granddaughter works as a dispatcher for Metro Ambulance. She unknowingly took the call about her grandfather's shooting.
"We received a call that a subject had been shot in the parking lot of the grocery store and shortly after that, the coroner approached me and let me know that is was my grandfather," said Davida Hopkins.
"You know, it's sad that someone can live 87 years and be in decent health, and still do normal daily things, and still mow the lawn and take care of the chores around home, and then one day go to the grocery store to buy flowers for his wife and a few grocery items, and he's gone," said great-grandson Greg Mitchell.
Putnam's grandchildren are remembering him as hardworking and loyal. They say their grandmother wants to express her gratitude for everyone's prayers and concern, and to Interim Police Chief Buck Roberts for personally calling the family and updating them on the investigation and the arrests.
Byrd's bond was set at $1 million for the armed robbery charge. It was set at $750,000 for Clark and $250,000 for Ferguson. Bond on the capital murder and accessory charges was denied for all three suspects.
Ouch, that's so wrong
Sad, just sad. A good person lost and 3 young folks looking at long prison stays, or perhaps shorter ones on death row. And all for a few bucks. Pointless.
unbelievable. and typical response you'd probably get from them is "I's didn't do nuffins".
My wife was teaching right from college at an urban school up until last year. she couldn't even teach a day's lesson because she spent all her time trying to just get the students to sit down. Almost all of her 8th graders had a probation officer assigned to them, and she had discipline papers, I kid you not, a foot high after a semester. 9 students out of 75 passed with a decent grade. She decided to call it quits after a student threw a chair at her and the parents tried to go after her for not passing students that never even showed up, somehow it was her fault they didn't pass. But perfectly okay to smoke pot in the hallways. it's a sad state the way we are heading. I'm only 29 and already shaking my head at those "dang kids!". It all starts in the home....
My question: If he was wearing an ankle bracelet and was supposed to be monitored why weren't the police looking for him when the bracelet showed him out on the town! My father was a State Trooper and every time he saw one of us straying from the straight & narrow he would whip out his favorite Cliche "Son there are 2 things that go through every criminal's mind 1. they will never catch me I'm too___ (put your favorite adjective in the blank) 2. When they get caught they'll never convict me they don't have anything I'm too____(put your other favorite adjective in that blank).
I want to say a bunch of things about what happened to Billy and the problems in Dayton that Brian mentioned --
but I am mad and disgusted, therefore I had better be quiet!
Ankle bracelet? If the SOB had been where he belonged, this man would still be alive. I say they "ankle bracelet" him to a cement block and throw his @$$ off a bridge.
Hal: is the Sidney Lanier (in Brunswick Ga) high enough? that's close enough I could help!
Yeah, that'd do. Probably wouldn't need the cement block from up there.
I have been fighting this trend since before I was in high school (a lot of rotten Narcissistic kids where I grew up). I do not think (our nation?) will last much longer because of these (and other) trends and the politicians that truly encourage them.
Enough out of me!
Except that my heart goes out to all his family and friends.
Very sorry to hear, truly sad. Seems vulgar to be political at this sadness- my heart goes out to the family.
Grim. Our condolances to the family. What an awful thing.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of Mr. Putnam. So sorry. Karen and Bob Hester
So very sorry to hear about this tragedy . My prayers go out to that family. Joe
This is so sad, and our prayers for his family.
In Clay, NY (outskirts of Syracuse), a woman and her young daughter were leaving the mall. An evil scum that also had an ankle bracelet, raped the young girl and killed her mother. He was going to kill the young girl but her mother fought him and fortunately the young girl was able to escape. Her mother was murdered during her struggle. This un-human scum disabled his ankle bracelet 45 times with out being caught. He was on parole for child porn.
Ankle bracelets are a joke.
Please post an address for Billy's widow. I want to send something.
Thanks to Roger Karlsson for posting pictures of the 3 perps. I feel they are perfectly representative of an undercurrent of societal change in America thats certainly not Politically Correct to discuss. I've enjoyed a career of managing through the determination of what is and what is not statistically significant. There exists quite a number of examples statistically provable that one would not dare to expose. For instance,just look at the demographics in the prison populations of MT and AK compared to the demographics of the respective state populations. And because of them and tens of thousands of others just like them, our nation has been 'profoundly changed' just like their President promised. I'm sick and tired of hearing of these many instances like Mr. Putnam and condolences and God's blessings are in my prayers for his family
If any of our "leaders" had the least amount of testosterone like the Founding Fathers, these 3 slime bags would be hanging off the gallows this week. We've become a nation of warm and fuzzy weenies.
I hope justice is achieved but in this day and age, that is a long shot.
Reduce the birthrate of unwanted children.
Won't work.....more kids=more welfare $$$
In my experience, many of the teenagers who are pregnant WANT the baby. They just don't want the child after he is older and gets in the way of their other fun. OR...they want the child to increase the amount of benefits they receive. I've had many young single female patients who did not want to be on any form of contraception, even if it is free, They also may not want the father to have any contact as he may have been abusive so we can't go after him for support, if he even works. I've known too many that can't track down the father who keeps changing jobs and locales so he doesn't pay support. It's a sorry system.
How about the ones that don't even know who the father is?
Something to think about...
In 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish economics & history professor at the University of Edinburgh, (later a judge and became a member of Parliament) had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship." "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
If we don't learn from history, we are bound to repeat it! After reading the previous regarding Alexander Tyler, at what level might we in the USA be residing at????
He didn't envision Fascism, the merging of Government and corporations, nor the Military Industrial Security Complex.
Neither the poor nor the middle class has a voice in the US government, and no way to vote for more benefits. The income gap is at an all time high and climbing.
I saw on tv those fighting an increase of the minimum wage would rather give tax credits, making more government dependence.
We are headed for bondage.
"Alexander Tyler, a Scottish economics & history professor..."
It's on the internet. It must be true.
The modern writing style gives it away, just as tortured English is a leading indicator of internet scams.