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DeSoto officers fight killer's possible parole

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - A group of Mid-South officers is in a desperate fight to keep a cop killer in prison.

The convicted man killed a Mid-South deputy nearly 40-years ago.  Even though he was sentenced to life in prison, the convicted killer could be paroled next month.

On July 26, 1970, DeSoto County sheriff deputy Larry Cox made a routine traffic stop while on patrol, when a vehicle occupied by Arthur and Marvin Myers ran a four way stop.

When Cox approached the vehicle, he was shot to death.

Arthur Myers was convicted in Cox's death in 1972 and sentenced to life in prison. He is up for a parole hearing next month. Law enforcement officials said Friday they don't want that to happen.

"If there's no interest, then the only thing they have to go on is what he says in his record, and that's why we're trying very hard to show the parole board there is still an interest in making sure that justice is served in this case," Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said.

Long and other law enforcement agencies have joined the family in writing letters to the parole board in protest. Myers' brother Marvin was released in 1981. after a reduced charge of manslaughter in the case.

Arthur was released, but had his parole revoked in 2003 for carrying a stolen weapon. He has been denied parole twice since. 

Lt. Gerald Wheeler has maintained close contact with the Cox family, and has helped to create a memorial in Hernando for those killed in the line of duty.

He says 'cop killers' like Myers should NOT be freed. 

"We're police officers and we're against the release of a cop killer," he said. "We want to speak on his behalf from the grave because he cannot do that. He was killed by this person."

Long said he is encouraging DeSoto County residents to join him and fellow law enforcement agencies a this petition to the state parole board to deny Arthur Myers request.

A memorial service for public service officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty will be held at the Hernando courthouse the first week of May.

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