Belmont woman faces first-degree murder charge in Baldwyn woman’s death

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Shawnie Vel Young

BALDWYN – A Belmont woman remains in Lee County Jail on $5 million bond, facing a first-degree murder charge after a Baldwyn woman was found slain at her home on East Clayton Street last Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Shawnie Vel Young, 47, of 1 Witt Road, Belmont, is charged in the death of Pamela Jean Britt, 63, of Baldwyn. Britt was found dead at her home on East Clayton Street after her employer at Baldwyn U-Save became concerned when she didn’t return from a lunch break. Britt’s body was found in the garage of her home. Around the same time a neighbor reported to police a suspicious female was seen around the residence. She allegedly crossed the street and attempted to hide in a field by laying down in it. Britt’s employer reported seeing the same suspect inside Britt’s garage as well.

In her initial court hearing, Baldwyn Police Investigator Shane Young said the murder was premediated, describing how Shawnie Vel Young borrowed a car in Corinth, drove to Baldwyn and parked about a mile away from the victim’s home. She had been tracking the victim and knew her patterns as to when she would be home on her lunch break. When Young was spotted, she attempted to hide and make her way back to the car. She had pre-purchased a bus ticket to Indiana to leave the day after the crime. He also said Britt had complained that Young had been stalking her.

Britt was described by family members as a kind soul who would never have hurt anyone. Though a motive has not been determined, Baldwyn Police Chief Troy Agnew said it appears to be over a man.

Young had a previous run-in with law enforcement in Tishomingo County in 2016 when she was arrested at her home in Dennis and charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

The case remains under investigation.