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Rodrique Bowman and Shantari Carter arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of Akera Antionio Franklin in Hattiesburg

Bowman and Carter have been booked into the Forrest County Jail.

Lisa Klem, Forrest County Deputy Coroner, has identified the victim of the fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday morning, March 5, 2023, as 39-year-old Akera Antionio Franklin from Hattiesburg.

The shooting was reported to Hattiesburg Police just before 3 a.m. on Martin Luther King Avenue, where officers found a male who had been fatally shot.

Following the investigation, police arrested Rodrique Bowman, 21, on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm.

Bowman had a previous relationship with the victim, and the conflict arose from a domestic issue over a woman.

Shantari Carter, Bowman’s sister, was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution. Both Bowman and Carter are currently detained in Forrest County Jail.

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