- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A judge has revoked a capital murder suspect’s probation on an unrelated grand larceny conviction involving the theft of a Harrison County deputy’s patrol car.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1rRwqZw ) 28-year-old Stephen Matlock Hagin has been in custody since his June arrest on charges alleging he fatally shot and robbed 38-year-old Brian Bachtel.

At the time of the killing, Hagin was on probation for the October 2009 theft of a patrol car while a Harrison County deputy was trying to take him into custody on a DUI charge.

Circuit Judge Roger Clark on Monday revoked Hagin’s probation and ordered him to serve the remaining eight years of his prison term for grand larceny, Assistant District Attorney Alison Baker said.

Hagin had failed to report to his probation officer since February and owed costs associated with his conviction, Baker said. Also, any new arrest is grounds to revoke a probationer, she said.



Hagin had been arrested on the theft charge after a manhunt in 2009, when a deputy stopped him on a DUI charge.

While the deputy went to Hagin’s truck to retrieve his cellphone for him before the truck was towed, Hagin pulled his cuffed hands in front of him, climbed into the front seat of the patrol car and drove off. The deputy used Hagin’s cellphone to call his own phone and had a brief conversation with him, attorneys said.

Hagin, then 21, was later arrested after workers at a store in Saucier saw him wearing handcuffs.

A grand jury will review the capital murder charge, filed after Bachtel’s skeletal remains were found June 20.

In that case, Hagin is accused of robbing Bachtel of meth and shooting him. Bachtel’s remains and a vehicle he had borrowed were found in woods near Pass Christian.

Hagin did not plan to kill Bachtel, said his attorney, Michael Crosby.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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