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Murder suspect appears in court
Denson held under $1 million bond in Mississippi county jail
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Police responded to a fatal shooting at the 1st and 10 Gaming Lounge on Saturday night, Nov. 23, 2019, in Meridian, Miss. The victim was identified as 69-year-old Almond Turner of Covington, Ga., a member of the Newton County Board of Education and retired assistant police chief in Covington. – photo by Erin Kelly, The Meridian Star

A Mississippi judge set a $1 million bond for the man accused of killing his uncle, a retired Covington assistant police chief.

Christopher O’Neal Denson, 41, of Meridian, Mississippi, was arrested Sunday afternoon at his home. He was taken into custody less than 24 hours after the shooting death of 69-year-old Almond Turner, who was a sixth-term member of the Newton County Board of Education and who in 2016 retired after three years as the No. 2 man in the Covington Police Department.

Christopher Denson
Christopher O. Denson, 41, is shown in a booking photo from the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Meridian, Miss., on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.
Family members gathered at a gaming lounge in the 5000 block of state Route 493 Saturday night. Denson allegedly left the event, went to his car and returned with an AK-47, opening fire and striking Turner.

Turner served Covington for 45 years, the last 19 as assistant police chief. He was elected to the Newton County school board in 1996.

Denson was booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Facility shortly before 4 p.m. CST Sunday on a murder charge.

The Meridian Star reported Denson had his first appearance in front of a judge Monday.