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Another racially charged workplace slaying


From WAPT Channel 16…

Joshua Leon Archie, 21, surrendered to Jackson police Monday on Beasley Road. Undra Ward, 22, was arrested Sunday by Ridgeland police.

Both men are charged with capital murder in the Oct. 26 shooting death of Bobby Adams, 68, during a robbery at the store on East County Line Road, Ridgeland police said.

Investigators believe Archie, a former Party City employee, is the gunman who came through the back door of the store a few days before Halloween and shot Adams. Surveillance video shows the gunman throwing a book bag to Ward, who works at the store, and telling him to fill them up with cash, investigators said. More than $2,000 was taken during the robbery, police said.

Police said it was a charade and Ward was in on the robbery from the beginning. Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said the surveillance video made investigators question Ward from the beginning.

“It was suspicious to us from the very beginning,” Houston said. “We were looking for solid evidence and at the end of last week we got it.”

Fingerprints on the getaway vehicle and other clues about the robbery and slaying led to the arrests, police said.