Suspect in priest's slaying to make first court appearance today

dharris@sunherald.comJuly 13, 2011 

The man suspected of killing a Catholic priest at a weekend retreat in Waveland on Monday will make his first appearance in court today, officials said.

Jeremy Wayne Manieri, 31, of Carroll Street, Waveland, will go before a judge at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, Fla., said Donna Wood, a public information officer with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Manieri’s court appearance will take place sometime between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. today, she said.

Manieri is held without bond in Florida, where a SWAT team arrested him without incident Tuesday morning in a hotel room where he, his ex-wife and two young children were preparing to visit Disney World.

He was arrested on a murder warrant signed by a Hancock County judge and is expected to be charged with murder when he is extradited to Waveland. Wood did not know when Manieri will be returned to Waveland.

The Rev. Ed Everitt’s body was found Monday afternoon by a Waveland church secretary sent to check on him when Hammond, La., church officials couldn't reach Everitt, said Waveland Police Chief James Varnell. He had been shot once in the head.

Police believe the motive for the killing was robbery. updates this story as information becomes available.

The Sun Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service