Tuesday, October 22nd, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Walter D. Burton pled guilty Monday for the capital murder of 37-year-old Leslie Sheppard Doame. He will receive life in prison without parole. Co-defendant Jermaine A. Tyler pled guilty of the same crime in April 2012 and received life in prison without parole.
On September 27, 2011, Tyler and Burton planned to burglarize the home of Doame’s parents located on Star-Brandon Road. They both entered the home that morning not knowing anyone was at home. After knocking on the door and getting no response, Burton entered followed by Tyler. Once inside the home they encountered Doame asleep on the couch after having worked the previous night.
Burton forced the victim onto the floor and placed a blanket over her head. Tyler held Doame at gunpoint while Burton stole items from the house. Burton then told Tyler to shoot the victim so they would not leave a witness. Doame’s father came home to find his daughter lying in a pool of blood.
Guest stated, “These men murdered a woman in an execution-style slaying. Their disregard for human life is the reason our law enforcement work so hard to make sure that criminals like Burton go to jail for the rest of their life.”
Burton had been burglarizing homes on the days before breaking into Doame’s home that day. A fingerprint left at the scene of one of the previous burglary led law enforcement to LeAndre Buck, a friend involved in previous burglaries. Buck told authorities that Tyler and Burton were responsible for Doame’s murder.
Buck and Burton were later arrested by the Jackson Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of their arrest, law enforcement recovered a gun believed to be used in the death of Leslie Doame. The firearm was sent to the State Crime Laboratory and ballistic testing determined that it was the murder weapon.
Guest added, “The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department did not rest until Doame’s killers were behind bars. They worked tirelessly to collect evidence, develop suspects, and apprehend those responsible. This case was solved by the hard work and the combined efforts of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, the Jackson Police Department, the State Crime Lab, and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.”
Guest concluded, “Burton is a violent habitual offender—he has been convicted of five previous felonies before this case and he had just recently been released from prison at the time of Doame’s death. He planned to simply burglarize a home, but chose to also kill an innocent woman to cover his tracks so he wouldn’t have to return to jail.”
District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.
Name: Walter D. Burton
Date of Birth: 04-08-1975
Address: 528 Daniel Circle, Jackson, MS
Date of Birth: 03-31-81