Man caught in Miss. charged with murder

NORCROSS - A Mississippi man driving a Norcross homicide victim's stolen car has confessed to the slaying, police said Wednesday.

Reggie Pulley, 29, confessed to the April 9 murder of Darryl Marcellus Mason, 38, after being arrested by police in Water Valley, Miss., on unrelated charges while in possession of Mason's 1997 Mazda, according to Norcross police Capt. Brian V. Harr.

Harr said Mississippi authorities contacted Norcross police after a routine database check of the car's tags deemed it was stolen in connection with Mason's slaying. Pulley later confessed to the murder - the city's first this year - to a Norcross police detective. He awaits extradition to the Gwinnett County Jail.

Water Valley is about 370 miles from Norcross.

Police believe Pulley, who previously lived in Norcross, was an acquaintance of Mason's and dropped by his apartment April 9 to catch up. During the meeting, police say, the men began to argue. Harr said photo evidence taken at the scene suggests there was a struggle. Mason died from blunt trauma, Harr said.

Norcross authorities ruled Mason's death a homicide a day after his body was found April 9 in his apartment in the 200 block of Meadowood Commons off Beaver Ruin Road. Officers were called to the residence for a welfare check when a concerned friend reported Mason did not show up for work. His vehicle, a tan four-door Mazda Protege, was reported missing.

Phone calls to the Water Valley Police Department were not immediately returned.