Pass Christian police believe a man accused in a Long Beach newlywed's murder strangled her at his brother's home on Morton Avenue in Pass Christian and dumped her body in a vacant lot less than 2 miles from the scene of the crime.
Antoine King, 33, who lived down the street from his brother, wrapped Regina Riley's body in a comforter and placed her remains in a wooded lot off Clarence Avenue, according to a police affidavit.
Riley, 20 and married two weeks, had a new last name of Paul, but was reported missing in her maiden name. She was last seen in DeLisle on Sept. 27. Her decomposing remains were found three weeks later, requiring dental records to help identify her.
King waived his right to a preliminary hearing
Wednesday at the Harrison County jail. The murder case and a related auto-theft charge have been bound over to the next grand jury.
A detective was prepared to testify King was seen with Riley the last night of her life and he confessed to strangling her during an argument in the early morning of Sept. 28, Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox said.
Court documents show Long Beach police found surveillance tapes showing King tried to use Riley's debit card Oct. 3, the day before her family reported her missing.
Harrison County sheriff's investigators arrested King on Oct. 20 on a theft charge alleging he had taken Riley's vehicle without permission.
King admitted he had been selling parts from Riley's vehicle to other people, an affidavit said.
King remains in custody. His bonds are $2 million on the murder charge and $50,000 on the theft charge.