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Update: Bond set for Tupelo murder suspect

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — A judge set bond at $1 million Friday for the man from Lee County charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend at a motel in Tupelo.

Detectives say 59-year-old Billy Copeland was planning to turn himself in Friday but was spotted by someone.  He was arrested Friday morning in the area of Robert E. Lee Drive.

An interview afterward apparently helped solidify the case against him.

"When we interviewed him, we received a confession from him about the incident," said Detective Jim Littlejohn with the Tupelo Police Department.

Copeland is accused of stabbing Tomika Morris of Tupelo in one of the rooms at the Motel 6 on McCullough Boulevard during an argument.

It is not clear what the two were arguing about.

Lee County Justice Court Judge Chuck Hopkins told Copeland his case will likely be presented to a county grand jury in July.





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