Southaven man charged with murder after body found in shallow grave

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The man whose home was recently at the center of an investigation after a body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard has been charged with murder.

Michael Guidry, 38, was denied bond after he was charged with capital murder, Desoto County court records show. Guidry was first arrested on Monday, July 9, after police removed a body from the backyard of his home on Burton Lane in Southaven.

Police identified the victim as 82-year-old Grady DeBoard, who lived with Guidry for some time before his death. DeBoard had previously lived in Trumann, Arkansas but left around 2017. His former house burned down, Trumann police said.

His family said they had not seen him in about two months.

Chenita Pryor says she met Guidry before he was charged with murder. “He was a very, very mysterious guy. I want to say he was always kind of a little angry and had a few altercations with some of my family members.”

Southaven police became involved at least a month ago. Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

On the day the remains were found, Guidry was charged with credit card theft.

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