Amber Lynn Grant, 22, was charged with murder in the death of Cheryl Burress. Grant was originally identified to the press as Amanda Grant.
Burress was found murdered in her home at 421B Walthall Street in Winona on Saturday, May 31.
According to Winona Police Captain Tommy Bibbs, officers found Burress dead in her bedroom while performing a welfare check of the household on May 31. He said it is believed she died sometime the day before.
According to Winona Chief of Police Johnny Hargrove, the preliminary autopsy report on Burress, as provided by the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson, did not list a cause of death. Hargrove said the cause of death was not apparent to investigators at the scene. Hargrove and Bibbs did say the manner of death was not from natural causes.
Hargrove did say it appeared to investigators that Burress may have been struck in the head by a blunt object before death, but he did not say this lead to her death.
The victim’s son, Timothy Burress, 32, who was named a person of interest in the investigation by police early in the investigation, was found dead in a wooded area behind a home located at 1207 Highway 82, by officers with the Winona Police Department on June 3. Hargrove said an arrest warrant for murder charges was issued for Timothy Burress before he died.
Agent Mark Steed with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, who is heading the investigation into the death of Timothy Burress while the Winona Police Department investigates the death of Cheryl Burress, said he has not yet received a preliminary autopsy report for Timothy Burress from the Mississippi Crime Lab and could not release the cause of death.
According to police, Grant and Timothy Burress were in a relationship and both lived in the home at 421B Walthall Street with the victim, Cheryl Burress. Bibbs said Grant was found inside the home with the victim when the police arrived at the scene.
Hargrove said physical evidence in the case is being processed at the Mississippi Crime Lab, and the investigation is ongoing.
Represented by attorney Hartwell Harris, Grant was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before Winona City Judge Devo Lancaster Tuesday. However, she did not appear in court with her attorney, waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.
Originally denied bond, Grant is now being held on a $125,000 bond, set by Lancaster Tuesday, at the Grenada County Jail. According to Hargrove, as of press time Wednesday, Grant was still in police custody.