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DeSoto County records first homicide of 2009

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Authorities say a 34-year-old DeSoto County woman is the county's first homicide victim of 2009.

Coroner Jeff Pounders said Kimberly Field was shot once in the chest at close range with a .16-gauge shotgun Wednesday night. Pounders said Field died at the scene.

Sheriff Bill Rasco said 59-year-old Andrew Stokes was arrested and charged in connection with her murder.  Rasco said Field was trying to protect her mother, who was involved in an altercation with Stokes, who also lived at the same address.

Rasco said Stokes and the victim's mother were allegedly engaged in an argument when the shooting took place.

"That's when, I think the story's been told since we've been doing our investigation, that she reached for the shotgun and the shotgun went off," Rasco said.

Rasco said these types of cases are emotionally tough to deal with, but in the state of Mississippi, domestic violence comes with harsh penalties.

"If we make the scene out to a domestic violence residence and we have proof there has been some activity going on, whether it's slapped or pushed, somebody's going to jail," he said.

Stokes is being held at the DeSoto County Jail on $1 million bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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