Man charged in strangulation murder of Olive Branch mother

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) - Olive Branch Police Department arrested a man accused of killing a woman on Palmer Cove on April 17.

Angela Yount, 43, a mother of three was found dead on her son's birthday. At the time, her death was labeled as suspicious.

"I never would imagine I'd lose my sister," said Yount's sister Katie Fleury. "Her ex-husband found her and I tried to get in and he wouldn't let me. He said you don't want to see her like that, you don't want to see her."

After the initial autopsy was completed, the information led police to issue a murder warrant for 29-year-old Mark Kelly. The autopsy determined the cause of death was strangulation.

"It's scary. I've always felt like our neighborhood was safe," said neighbor Nathan George.

Kelly lived less than a mile away from Yount. According to a family friend, the two knew each other but only as neighbors.

"Never felt like it was...knowing someone so close is charged with murder, it's really scary," George said.

George said he didn't have a lot of interaction with Kelly, but the brief interactions they did have was strange.

"He seemed like he had a really short fuse," George said.

Kelly was taken into custody Friday and charged with second-degree murder. His bond is set at $250,000.

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