4 people in custody for pregnant woman's murder

Lashonda Otis (Source: Family)
Lashonda Otis (Source: Family)

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Three more people are in custody in connection to the murder of a pregnant woman in DeSoto County. That brings the total number of suspects in Lashanda Otis' murder to four.

Otis was a 29-year-old mother of three, who was two months pregnant with her fourth child. She was found brutally murdered, her body found next to a burning car, in DeSoto County on May 1.

"I knew in my heart that it was more than just him that had something to do with my sister's murder," said Otis' sister, Aretha.

One of the three additional men charged is Otis' live-in boyfriend, Mario Stevenson, who has an extensive criminal history. His lengthy criminal record includes an attempted first-degree murder charge out of Shelby County in 2006.

Stevenson was also father to Otis' 9-year-old daughter, Saniya, who she raised while he was in prison.

"Why did it take all of you to do that to one person? And then, you know, my sister, she was pregnant and that really hurts. I had a niece or nephew on the way," Aretha added.

Despite DeMario Dansberry being arrested 10 days after the murder, Otis' sisters still believed more people were involved.

Like Dansberry, Stevenson is now also charged with capital murder.

At this time, the remaining two people in custody have not been identified by law enforcement.

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