Bond denied in domestic murder case

Bond denied in domestic murder case


A Neshoba County woman was denied bond following her arrest in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend last week, the authorities said.

The woman, Stephanie Vance, 25, of 11852 Highway 16 west, was arrested and charged with murder, Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark said.

The charges stem from a Friday, March 3 incident when officers responded to 11852 Highway 16 west for an emergency medical call, Clark said.

“The caller stated that she had discharged her handgun and shot her boyfriend,” Clark said. “She stated the .9mm SCCY handgun went off while they were fighting.”  

Deputies and Neshoba EMS responded, Clark said. Vance was detained and Child Protection Services was contacted to assist and take custody of their 8-month-old child. 

The victim, Christopher Charles Bland, 35, who lived at the same address, was taken to Neshoba General and later flown by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  

On Saturday, Bland died at UMMC, according to Clark.

He said Vance was initially charged with aggravated domestic violence, but the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder for her role in Bland’s death.  

Vance is currently being held at the Neshoba County Detention Center with a bond denied by Justice Court Judge Paul Payne.

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