Pike Co. men charged with murder after shooting at recording studio

PIKE CO., Miss. (WLBT) – Two Pike County men were charged with first degree murder in a fatal shooting Friday night in Bogue Chitto.

Dantez J. Frith, 22, and Camron Cardell Stewart, 19, broke into a recording studio and shot Summit resident La’Curtis Hackett, 22, according to the chief deputy of the Lincoln County, Johnny Hall.

Hackett was pronounced dead after being transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center.

Hackett had been charged with first-degree murder in 2020 for shooting and killing Summit resident Austin Wanzo, 20, in McComb.

Wanzo, according to police, had been shot in the back with a semi-automatic handgun.

Any possible connection between the murders is still undetermined, Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff’s Chief Johnny Hall said Monday.

A Pike County grand jury last month declined to indict Hackett in Wanzo’s murder.

“We’re trying to find a pattern,” Hall said. “Looks like it’s going to be a long investigation.”

Pike County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brad Bellipanni said the killings bore signs of gang activity.

“These are all gang-related crimes, and we’re trying to deal with them,” he said.

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