Accused murderer held without bond

GULFPORT
Circuit Judge Roger Clark has ordered Calvin Lee Bradley Sr. held with no bond after he was indicted on a murder charge in his estranged wife’s death.Gulfport police arrested Bradley, 43, of Pascagoula on Monday in connection with the slaying of 37-year-old Kima Bradley.

The victim was found shot to death the night of Nov. 23 in front of the Labor Finders office where she worked in Gulfport. Kima Bradley was an accountant for the business on Dye Road off Dedeaux Road.

“The couple had a long-term off-and-on relationship,” said Police Sgt. Chris Ryle. “This happened in an ‘off’ point.”

“We believe Calvin Bradley spoke to his estranged wife by phone before the shooting. A team of investigators conducted multiple interviews and reviewed phone records to identify him as the suspect,” said Ryle.

Most criminal cases in state court are presented to a grand jury after an arrest. However, depending on the facts of a case, some cases are presented to a grand jury to determine if there’s enough evidence for an arrest.

Ryle said police have worked closely with the District Attorney’s Office.

“It was determined that a grand jury presentation was the best course of action,” Ryle said.

An autopsy showed Kima Bradley died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Ryle said a weapon was found at the crime scene.

Neighbors of the business told the Sun Herald they heard the gunshot and a man with a cell phone yelling, “Call the police.”

Police declined to say if Calvin Bradley was the man at the scene.

Pascagoula police helped Gulfport police locate Bradley, who was taken into custody at a gas station Monday. Bradley, who lived on Monaco Drive, was being held Monday at the Harrison County jail.

Kima Bradley, a Moss Point native, had moved to Biloxi after a break-up with her husband.

She was the mother of three children, a grandmother and a member of Emmanuel Full Gospel Worship Center in Moss Point. Survivors include 13 siblings.

Kima Bradley had an associate’s degree in accounting from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com
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