Daughter arrested, charged in brutal murder of mother in Wheeler

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Robin Michelle Storey

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar released new details Friday of a brutal murder on Tuesday in Wheeler, and identified the victim’s daughter as the lone alleged culprit.

Robin Michelle Storey, 28, is charged with First Degree Murder and is being held in the Prentiss County Jail after Judge Kimi Kitchens denied bond in a preliminary hearing. Robin Storey is charged in the death of her mother, Paula Storey, 56, of County Road 5011, Booneville. Both the mother and the daughter lived at the same residence.

Lee County 911 received a phone call just before 3 a.m. Tuesday regarding the incident. The caller, whose identity is being sought, reported that a body could be found at the residence. Tolar said a Prentiss County Deputy responded to the residence, just north of the four-way stop in Wheeler, and discovered the front door of the mobile home was open and a body was inside the residence. Given the circumstances of the crime scene, the department called on the assistance of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Technicians.

Later that morning, around 9 a.m., after she had been identified as a person of interest in the case, Booneville Police located Robin Storey at a mobile home park in Booneville and took her and a male subject in for questioning. The male subject, who Tolar said had nothing to do with the murder, was released that morning.

The Sheriff’s Department has been tight-lipped with details. While he would not go into specifics, Tolar did tell The Baldwyn News on Tuesday that he had seen many things in his 40-year law enforcement career, but nothing like what his officers found Tuesday. Tolar said Friday his department is awaiting results of an autopsy from the state pathologist. A weapon believed used in the murder was discovered at the scene.

Tolar said the identity of the 911 caller is unknown at this time and is asking anyone with knowledge of who made the call to notify Prentiss County Sheriff’s Investigator Torie Jumper at 662-728-6232. Tolar said the phone call originated near the Lee/Prentiss counties line.

“The case is still under investigation,” Tolar said. “We are very grateful for the assistance of  agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Crime Scene Technicians, Booneville Police and Baldwyn Police as well as Greg Sparks, Prentiss County Coroner.  This is an excellent example of teamwork.”

Authorities from several agencies process the crime scene near the Wheeler community on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Photo courtesy of Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar