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Southaven police explain murder charge

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SOUTHAVEN, TN (WMC-TV) - Traffic on I-55 was flowing smoothly Tuesday, but that was not the case Saturday morning when John Henry Brown of Cordova caused a fatal accident.

Officials say Brown's reckless driving forced an 18-wheeler into a car, an accident that killed 6-year old Jatavia Galloway.

Southaven police charged Brown with Depraved Heart Murder.

"Where your actions are so, when you have callous and disregard for the safety of every other human and it does result in a fatality, that your actions were so such disregard," was how Southaven Police Chief Tom Long described the charge.

Long said the charge was made after an extensive investigation and consulting with the District Attorney's office, which is standard procedure in cases like this.

"The District Attorney's office is always involved with us in recommending, making sure that we have this in place, so in communications with them is where the charge Depraved Heart Murder came from," he said.

An autopsy revealed Galloway died from multiple traumas suffered in the crash - injuries sustained before her body was ejected from the vehicle.  

Questions have now been raised as to whether she was wearing a seat belt.

"I think most people feel like maybe she wasn't buckled in, but initial reports for us - that we're looking at in the car - we think the child was buckled in," Long said.

Brown is currently being held in the DeSoto County Jail without bond. He will make his initial court appearance tomorrow in Southaven.

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