Arrest in hit-and-run death

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

A Grenada man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the roadway death of a 36-year-old man early Saturday in Elliott.
County Investigator Josh Dale identified the man arrested as Phillip J. Knichel, 37, of Bolton Hill Road.
Knichel’s arrest is in connection with the hit-and-run death of Justin Murphree on Nat G. Troutt Road. Murphree was struck by a vehicle near the Barnside Road intersection.
According to Dale, Knichel was arrested late Monday and had a bond hearing Tuesday morning before Justice Court Judge Jimmy Tallant.
Knichel is being held at the Grenada County Jail on $10,000 bond and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 28.
According to the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department, the case remains under investigation.