A Philadelphia man indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of his great-grandmother who was shot and dumped onto a city street in March 2017 is being held without bond after being arraigned in Circuit Court Aug. 31




Tyshawn Donald, 21, 261 Kelly St., was indicted for murder in the death of Mrs. Della “Cecil” Smiley Donald, 80, described as the neighborhood grandmother with her nylon hose, apron and genuine love of children.

Mrs. Donald’s body was dumped out of a car on Lewis Avenue shortly after 8:30 a.m. on March 29, 2017.

Tyshawn Donald and his 16-year-old brother wrecked the car a short time later on nearby Gum Street, Philadelphia police said. Chief of Police Grant Myers said that after further investigation Donald’s brother was not charged with his great-grandmother’s murder.

Both were taken by ambulance to the county hospital and airlifted to the University Medical Center. Donald was later released to police custody.

Mrs. Donald was taken by ambulance to the county hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators believe she was shot while all three were in the car, Myers said previously.

Officers had initially responded to a report that a woman was struck by a car on Lewis Avenue. Moments later a call came in reporting a wreck on Gum Street. Officers found Mrs. Donald lying in the street when they arrived on Lewis.


Mrs. Donald lived on the corner of Loper Street and Pearl Avenue.

Tyshawn Donald also recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess/introduce a controlled substance in a correctional facility. He received a five-year sentence, with three years suspended. He was also fined $2,500.

Tyshawn Donald’s case was one of 41 recently in circuit court following indictments. Other indictments included:

• Jon Hooley, 63, of 11010 Highway 492 east, Union, Eunice Ann Walker, 60, of 11010 Highway 492 East and Teresa Ann Hooley, 36 of Highway 21 South, were indicted recently on four counts of sexual battery, one count of gratification of lust and one count of child neglect each. Each was given a $75,000 bond.

The three were initially arrested in March at the Highway 492 residence. The victim was a female family member under the age of 16. 

At the time of the arrest, Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell said, "We feel like we have a strong case against the three accused individuals and have sent it on to the District Attorney's office to be presented to a grand jury."

Tyrecus Hunter, 29, 910 A MLK Drive was indicted for harboring a fugitive, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of methamphetamine. 

Hunter was initially arrested in January in connection with the arrest of Edward Leshun Bragg, 27, who had escaped custody by jumping from a second-story bathroom window in the Neshoba County Courthouse. Bragg escaped custody at that time because he learned that he had been indicted for murder for the 2016 death of 34-year-old Jamie Jermaine Yarbrough. 

Bragg was charged with Yarbrough’s death after his body was found in a ditch in the Dixon community.

An autopsy showed that Yarbrough died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

On the day the body was found, a tip led city and county investigators along with crime scene investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to an apartment on Myrtle Street where video and other evidence were recovered.

Waddell said earlier that Yarbrough had “hung out” at the apartment.

Investigators suspected early on that the actual murder took place in the city.

Chief of Police Grant Myers said investigators believe Bragg broke into the apartment on the night of the murder and assaulted Yarbrough.

“A short time later, he assaulted him again in the parking lot of the same apartment complex where we believe the victim suffered the fatal injuries,” Myers said.

Sometime later that night, investigators believe Bragg moved the body away from the location where the initial crime took place and dumped him in the ditch at Dixon.