Stout murder case remains open
by Denise Strub
Dec 30, 2012 | 3213 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
No news is not good news for the family of Peter Stout as the third anniversary of his death nears.

Former Mound Bayou Alderman Shedrick "Peter" Stout, 49, was found dead in his home on Dec. 31, 2009, after he called Mound Bayou Police to report he had been stabbed.

As of today there is nothing new in the case, although brother Joseph Stout said Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams assured him about a month ago the case is still open.

"He said they have not interviewed anyone lately," said Joseph.

"The case is not closed," said Williams, "but due to resources and case load we've had to focus on other cases."

However the sheriff said this case will not be forgotten.

"I don't want anyone to lose sight of the fact that there is still a killer out there."

According to then Mound Bayou Police Chief Simon Bush at the time of the murder, "Stout had called and said he needed an ambulance, that he had been stabbed."

Bush said when officers arrived on scene he was dead.

Peter was stabbed multiple times in the chest and legs. However, there were no signs of forced entry into the house.

For some time after the murder, the police had a person of interest in the case. Nothing came of the lead and the case was turned over to the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department.

In following years, the Stout family has had candlelight vigils to remember Peter and highlight any new leads in the case.

However no vigil will be conducted this year.

"The family is just having some hard times this year," said Joseph, who added that only he and his sister, Linda Coleman, remain in Bolivar County.

"I just don't want anyone to lose sight that the case is still active."

Joseph said he has heard rumors and gossip that gives him the impression his brother's murder could be solved if the right person would come forward.

Peter had been employed by Burger King Corp. in Clarksdale, where he worked as an assistant manager, store manager and district manager. He had received the management of Excellency Award for the Southeast Region in the nation, which includes 680 Burger King stores.

He was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delta State University.

Peter was a deacon at the Jerusalem M.B. Church in Mound Bayou.

At the time of his death, he was survived by two daughters and a various other friends and relatives.

Anyone with information related to the Stout case or other crimes in the county may call Bolivar County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.