Horn Lake murder suspect turns himself in to police


DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — The man police say shot 29-year-old Edroy James Ballard, Jr., in the head turned himself in to police early Saturday.

Gerry Lynn Lofton called authorities at about 1 a.m. to say he wanted to turn himself in, and told them he was at the Shell gas station at Highway 51 and Whitworth in Southaven.

The 55-year-old was taken into custody without incident and transported to the DeSoto County Jail.

Tuesday, Ballard was found shot to death in front of a home off Santa Fe Circle.

His father, Edroy Senior, says his son was in the neighborhood visiting his brother.

“Dude got mad, he and my son had some words. When my son didn’t want to argue anymore…my son was fixing to go in the house when dude shot him in the head.”

Family members and friends couldn’t believe the news.

Ballard’s fiance, who he was to marry in just two weeks, collapsed in a car nearby.

Ballard’s mother, Theresa Southgate, said at the scene, “He has a son! And we have to go tell that baby this his daddy is not coming back.”

Friday night, family and friends held a vigil to honor Ballard’s life.


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