District Attorney Doug Evans of the Fifth Circuit Court confirmed to The Star-Herald today that the Attala County Grand Jury has returned two indictments against Roland Mitchell Dampeer, 28, of Michigan City, Indiana.
Dampeer, a native of Mendenhall, MS, allegedly attempted to kidnap Andrea Goss of Carmack from inside the Sunflower supermarket on Highway 12 around lunchtime on January 16. After fleeing that scene, he reportedly shot rural postal carrier Sherry Ingold of Lexington as she delivered mail along her route on Highway 35 in Hesterville.
“He was indicted on one count of kidnapping and one count of murder,” Evans said in a telephone interview Monday morning.
Asked about the suspect being indicted for murder at both the county and federal level, Evans said only one of the two cases will likely be pursued.
“At some point, there will be a decision made, but at this point, we’ve both filed charges,” he said. Evans said the suspect will be arraigned in the local courts on the county charges, but that arrangements to have him appear here are not settled at this time.
“We’ll transport him from federal custody to be arraigned, but I really don’t know when,” Evans said. “It’s really too early to say.”