A Tylertown man was sentenced to serve a life sentence in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the 2021 shooting death of Chad Bryant, a resident of Kirklin Road.
Yerby Hughes pleaded guilty to a charge of first degree murder for the shooting death of Bryant sometime during the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2021.Highes has been held for two years and two months in jail while his case moved through the judicial process.
The death was reported to the Walthall County Sheriff’s office about 6:30 that morning.
Hughes became the main suspect when authorities learned he had been seen at the Bryant resident and left driving Bryant’s truck.
Deputies located the truck, abandoned, around noon, partially hidden behind some trees at the old Lampkin Conerly place on Hwy. 27 South. A search of the property failed to turn up Hughes.
Hughes managed to elude law officers the next day.
Hughes was captured by a team of WCSO officers, Tylertown Police, Washington Parish Sheriff’s office and the Rayburn Correctional Facility K-9 team. He was tracked to an abandoned shed on the Conerly property, not very far from where he had abandoned his escape vehicle
Hughes was arrested a little after 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2021, just under 48 hours after the murder was first reported.
In addition to the life sentence handed down by Judge Mike Taylor, part of the sentencing order calls for payment of fines and restitution, and specifically that Hughes pay full restitution to Bryant’s family and court costs.