At approximately 5:49pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Graham Road in Lee County to an accident involving a pedestrian. When deputies arrived they located the body of Richard Allen Darby lying on Graham Road, just sound of the Mitchell Road intersection. Mr. Darby’s vehicle was also located the the road ditch nearby. Mr. Darby had suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Darby’s body was sent to Jackson for further forensic evaluation.
During the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division, two persons of interest were taken into custody Sunday morning March 3rd, along with a vehicle belonging to one of these persons. Evidence gathered and statements taken during this investigation confirm that Mr. Darby was struck by a vehicle on Graham Road.
Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, the following suspect has been charged in the death of Richard Allen Darby:
Jeffery S Culver, 49 years old, 142 CR 325, Tupelo
Charge: Leaving Scene of Accident Resulting in Death (20 years if convicted)