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Police look for motive in soldier's death

Jun. 4, 2013 - 08:45AM   |  
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HATTIESBURG, MISS. — Hattiesburg City Court Judge Jerry Evans has set bond for two suspects picked up after a bar altercation claimed the life of a soldier.

The Hattiesburg American reports that Derrick Valdez, 31, is being held on a $1 million bond, and Aaron Keith Dement, 23, on a $750,000 bond, both at the Forrest County Jail.

Both Columbia men are charged with murder in the stabbing death of Holden Hughes, 23, who died following an early Sunday morning altercation.

Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said Hughes was stabbed multiple times in the torso following a fight outside Benny’s Boom Boom Room.

Traxler said detectives are still investigating a motive for the slaying.

Hughes had recently returned from a Mississippi Army National Guard volunteered deployment with the 289th Vertical Construction Engineer Company of Bruce.

His home unit was the 168th Engineer Brigade of Vicksburg, according to a press release from Camp Shelby.

“Camp Shelby leaders and soldiers mourn with the family for the loss of such a young and talented soldier, son and friend,” the release stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Spc. Hughes during this very difficult time.”

The release said Hughes was not stationed at Camp Shelby at the time of his death.

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