- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Police say the 25-year-old man accused in a slaying at a Gulfport apartment complex initially claimed to be a witness to the crime.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29SVfSg) Michael Philip Peden faces a murder charge in the July 1 shooting death of 30-year-old Christopher Jerome Smith. The case was ordered sent to a Harrison County grand jury after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox says Peden was the one who flagged police down and said he had seen someone kill a person and had heard the screams and gunshots.

Peden is held at the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for him.

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


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