Archive for January, 2012

Manieri found dead in his cell, attorney shocked over possible suicide

January 26, 2012

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

The attorney representing the man suspected of killing a Louisiana priest at a Waveland beach house in July said he was shocked to learn Jeremy W. Manieri was found dead in his state prison cell this morning.

“I’m still trying to process it,” Brian Alexander told the Sun Herald.

Alexander said he was notified by e-mail this morning that corrections officers found Manieri dead about 5 p.m. in his cell at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said preliminary information suggests he died by suicide.Manieri was serving time at the state prison in Pearl for failing to register as a sex offender following a conviction on child molestation. Prison records list his tentative release date as March 25, 2015.

He also was awaiting prosecution on charges of murder and grand larceny in the slaying of the Rev. Edward Everitt, shot in the head at a beach house used by his Dominican order. Manieri was later arrested in Florida, where authorities said he had driven the priest’s car to take his family on a vacation to Disney World.

Alexander this morning said he has spoken to the coroner handling Manieri’s death investigation.

Manieri’s murder case has not yet been presented to a grand jury. Alexander had filed a motion asking a judge to have the case reviewed by a grand jury outside of Hancock County.

“A decision has not been made and a hearing has not even been set on the motion,” Alexander said.

Everitt, 71, was pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Hammond, La., and at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in nearby Tickfaw.

Manieri, a handyman, had claimed he had smoked marijuana with the priest and had woken up to find the cleric was fondling him, according to a detective’s testimony in a preliminary hearing.

SunHerald.com is following developments in this news story.

Pensacola man accused in armed robbery

January 26, 2012

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

BILOXI

Police early this morning arrested a Pensacola, Fla., man on a charge of armed robbery, according to Biloxi police Lt. Bobby Darden.

Shane Edward Hartman, 36, is accused of robbing a person in the 800 block of Bayview Avenue, police said. The victim suffered minor injuries in the robbery.

After his arrest, Hartman was taken to the Harrison County jail, where Justine Court Judge Albert Fountain set his bond at $200,000. He remained jailed late this morning.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday’s edition.

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Man found dead in chair on beach

January 26, 2012

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

GULFPORT Officials with the Sand Beach Authority this morning found a 63-year-old man dead in a chair on the beach near Lewis Avenue, authorities have confirmed.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said the body was discovered near Lewis Avenue at 7:41 a.m.. He said the death doesn’t appear to be the result of foul play. An autopsy is currently underway to determine the cause of death.

“He doesn’t have any injuries,” Hargrove said. “I don’t suspect suicide.”

The man, identified as a Georgia resident, was last seen Wednesday around 2 p.m. walking along the beach with his chair. Hargrove said he wasn’t releasing the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.

The Sun Herald updates this story as details develop.

Coast man killed crossing street identified

January 26, 2012

Sun Herald Breaking News

By DONNA HARRIS – dharris@sunherald.com

PASCAGOULA

Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was killed Wednesday while walking across Chicot Street in Pascagoula.

Charles McGee, 58, of Gautier, was killed when he was hit by a 2010 Nissan Murano that was traveling north on Chicot, Lt. John Ledbetter said. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. near Ingalls Avenue  .McGee was taken to Singing River Hospital but died a short time later.  Police have not identified the driver while the incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Pascagoula police at 762-2211 or 938-6697.

SunHerald.com updates this story as details become available.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/01/26/3711733/coast-man-killed-crossing-street.html#storylink=cp