OPD continues murder investigation

Published 11:58 am Monday, October 26, 2015

The investigation continues today in the apparent murder of an Oxford man who was found dead in his home by Oxford police officers.

Pontotoc funeral home owner Kenneth Roberson, 52, was found dead at 1:35 a.m. Saturday at his home at 1004 Molly Barr Road after police received a call from a family member asking police to check on Roberson.

OPD is investigating the death as a homicide, even though the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. Roberson’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner in Jackson for an autopsy.

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OPD Mag. Jeff McCutchen said Saturday that it was “possible” a firearm was involved.

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said he hopes to have the report back today.

No arrests have been made as of this morning, according to Oxford Police Chief Joey East.

“We are doing all we can to put the pieces together,” East said.

This wasn’t the first time Roberson or his business was a target for violent crime.

In July, Nathaniel A. Huddleston, 27, of Oxford, was arrested for allegedly setting fire to Roberson’s funeral home where he had worked for several months, and stealing a safe. Huddleston’s last known address was on Molly Barr Road.

Officials said the fire was set to cover up the theft of the safe. The fire damaged the office of the funeral home.

Huddleston originally was given a $50,000 bond; however, that was reduced in September to $20,000.

He was released on Sept. 24 after posting the bond.

East is asking anyone with information to contact the police department at 662-232-2400.