top of page

Defendant found guilty in Willie "Chill" Jones case


Austin Brookshire, age 21, of Brandon, MS, was on trial this week for his role in the death of Willie “Chill” Jones in Pearl River County in 2020.

Jones was first reported to the Picayune Police Department as missing on July 6, 2020. After investigation, it was found that Jones was murdered in Pearl River County in the early morning hours of that same day. The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department then took over the case and went on to arrest Brookshire (pictured) and charge him for the murder of Jones.

On the verdict, Hal Kittrell, District Attorney for the 15th Circuit Court District stated, “I would like to thank the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the Picayune Police Department for their hard work that led to this defendant being brought to justice."

Brookshire’s sentencing will be held in Lamar County on July 24.

Dustin Gray, of Pearl River County, is accused of the same crime, and he is scheduled to begin his trial on June 13.



bottom of page