Per WLBT reporting out of Jackson.
In court on Thursday, an Investigator for the Attorney Generalâ€™s office said authorities looked at Wade early on in the case based on some previous knowledge of him from the Isola Police Department.
ISOLA, Miss. (WLBT) â€“ The 91-year-old victim of the attack was found stabbed, beaten, and left in her own blood under an overturned entertainment center inside her Isola home. The suspect was 15-year-old Tydarius Wade.
Another Isola resident, Rodney King Taylor, said he knows the victim.
â€œThat old lady, she donâ€™t bother nobody, sheâ€™s friendly,â€ said Taylor. â€œSheâ€™ll talk to anybody. Anybody walks by, she says, â€˜Hey, how you doing? Have a good day, God bless you.â€™â€
The caregiver that found the victim found a bloody knife under a couch in the victimâ€™s home. DNA tests from the Mississippi State Crime Lab would uncover blood on it from both the victim and from Wade. A shirt taken from Wade had the victimâ€™s blood DNA on it, investigators said.
Wade was arrested as soon as the DNA tests came in from the crime lab, police said.
As an attorney from the Attorney Generalâ€™s office questioned the investigator in court about photos from the crime scene, as well as of the victim and the blood on the suspectâ€™s shirt, Wadeâ€™s expression didnâ€™t change. He had family members in the courtroom who also remained stoic except for his mother, whose foot bounced throughout the hearing.
His attorney, Tanisha Gates, questioned the prosecution at great length and in great detail about the evidence gathering.
â€œI do think that my client was given a disservice, and I think that disservice was the result of poor law enforcement work and investigation,â€ Gates said.
Justice Court Judge Shirley Cummings found that there was sufficient evidence to send Wade to a grand jury on charges of rape, breaking and entering, and attempted murder, saying that perpetrating a crime on such a fragile victim showed blatant disregard for life.
Gates said sheâ€™s not pleased with the $2 million bond. Meanwhile, she acknowledges the tough case ahead of her.
â€œWe think itâ€™s excessive,â€ she said. â€œWe have a long road ahead, but weâ€™re going to travel that with grace and dignity.â€
Itâ€™s not clear if there could be further charges as the case unfolds, or if this was Wadeâ€™s first such crime. Heâ€™s charged as an adult, and his juvenile record is sealed.
We attempted to interview Sheriff Charles Sharkey and two of his investigators, as well as Isola Police Chief Demetrius Allen and Isola Mayor Dimp Powell, family members of Wadeâ€™s, neighbors and friends of both Wadeâ€™s and the victimâ€™s, and the caregiver who found the victim and called police.
Some of them canceled interviews and others declined, all citing fear of attorneys or vigilante retribution. The Attorney Generalâ€™s office now has the case, and they do not comment on active investigations.
This is a developing story. As more information becomes publicly available, we will keep you updated.