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|Three shot dead in Ferriday; son charged in parents, friend's death|
The 15-year-old son of a Ferriday couple is being charged today (Wednesday) with the death of his parents and a 16-year-old friend.
According to the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO), John Wood, 42, and Jerri Wood, 40, were shot to death as they slept early today at their home on Shady Lane in the Woodland subdivision of Ferriday.
The names of the two juveniles were not released by the law enforcement agencies at this time as the investigation proceeds, but the Sentinel has learned from outside sources that the youth charged in the murders is Conner Wood, while the teenage victim was Matt Whittington, a 10th grader at Cathedral in Natchez.
According to Sheriff Randy Maxwell, the suspect at first told law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office, Ferriday Police Department and District Attorney's Office that a 16-year-old intruder shot and killed his parents. He initially said that after he heard the shots that killed his parents, he found a gun, shot and killed the so-called intruder.
Later this morning, however, the youth changed his statement to reveal an alleged conspiracy between the two teens to kill the couple. Once the mother and father were killed, it is believed at this time, that their son shot and killed the older boy, who was from Ferriday.
The Wood's son notified the Sheriff's Office through the 911 communications system of the shootings at 3:41 a.m. today (3-14-07).
The Sheriff's Office, Ferriday Police and DA's Office are continuing their investigation into the deaths.
Autopsies have been ordered on the victims and all evidence at the scene is being sent to the state crime lab.
"These tragedies have affected many, many people in both families," commented Maxwell. "They are all in our prayers."
Dist. Atty. John Johnson said "our office has been duly apprised and is assisting in this investigation."
: The following article was written by Concordia Sentinel
editor Stanley Nelson
. The Concordia Sentinel
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