Tina Andrews turned 12 years old in March of 1969. She lived in a brick home on Oak Street in McComb, near what is now Auto Zone.
Tina was the daughter of Fred and Doris Andrews. She had brothers: Danny, Michael, Ernest, and Freddy. And she had sisters: Winnie Fred, Eunice, Brenda, Donna, and Denise.
On August 13, 1969, Tina left her home and walked to the Tiger's Den, a teen hangout located in the basement at 101 Main Street (below what is now David Strong's law office). Once there, Tina happened upon a girlfriend of hers named BJ, and the two chatted. As they were talking, two men--a police officer and a police auxiliary officer--allegedly approached the girls and offered them a ride home. At "about dark," the two girls accepted the ride.
It is believed that another girl was with Tina and BJ in the car, but she was dropped off somewhere on Delaware Avenue around James Street. The men allegedly then drove past Tina's street and took the two girls to the oil well site on the west side of Schmidt Road. When it became evident to the girls that they might be in danger, each decided to make a run for it. Tina's friend bailed from the car and ran or walked the 3.5 miles to her home in East McComb. Tina was not so fortunate. She did not escape.
On August 23, 1969, a body was found at the oil well site on Schmidt Road. With forensics lacking by today's standards, and with people hesitant to talk about the crime, especially since it was rumored that police were involved, no one knew for sure who the body was, and the lone eyewitness, also a child, kept her silence until later.
Tina had been beaten and shot. A .38 appeared to have been the murder weapon. Tina's jaw was broken, and she was partially clothed. As of now, there's no confirmation that Tina was sexually assaulted, but it's not an unreasonable inference.
After an investigation by Donald Butler, a Highway Department investigator at the time, two McComb police officers were charged with the crime: Ted Fleming and Richard McIntosh. Before the case could even go to trial in 1971, one of those men would find himself the target of another investigation for sexual misconduct in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the charges in which were subsequently dropped.
In Tina's case, William Guy and Wayne Dowdy represented McIntosh, and BD Statham and William Watkins represented the Fleming. Joe Pigott prosecuted for the State, and the case was heard in Judge Roach's courtroom. After two trials, McIntosh was acquitted, and prosecutors stated that they did not have enough evidence to continue prosecution of Fleming. However, both police officers were required to resign from the police department as a result of their alleged involvement in Tina's death.
It has been over four decades since Tina was murdered. The cases is cold, and there are no prospects of it ever being solved.
Please read the documents within our website; perhaps something will spark a memory and new information will surface that may finally bring Tina justice.