WAVELAND -- A Hancock County grand jury will hear a murder case that alleges a homeless man killed another homeless man in Waveland by stabbing him multiple times and shoving a tube of foot cream down his throat.
Edward "Nick" Winnicki Jr., 64, is held on a $1 million bond at the Hancock County jail pending court action.
He is accused of killing 58-year-old David Bourgeois, found dead Dec. 25 in a small pink shack across from Hancock Bank on U.S. 90.
Municipal Judge Preston Mauffray found probable cause for a grand jury review at a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
Police testified Bourgeois was stabbed more than a dozen times but died of asphyxiation from a 5-inch tube of foot cream found in his throat, Waveland prosecuting attorney Melinda Tucker said.
Members of a church group had gone to check on Bourgeois that cold Christmas night and called police, who found his remains under a blanket and Winnicki hunkered down in an abandoned building behind the shack. Police said Winnicki initially refused to come out of his hiding place.
Winnicki was held on a disorderly conduct charge until police filed the murder charge.
The day after the body was found, Winnicki told a police investigator he stabbed Bourgeois but didn't remember placing a tube of foot cream in Bourgeois' throat, according to testimony.
"They were homeless buddies probably because of the circumstances of their homelessness," Tucker said. "They were seen and well-known by police by being around Highway 90 and the Walmart area. The victim was often seen riding a bicycle."
Police testified Winnicki told them Bourgeois would often get drunk and try to beat him up, she said.
Winnicki reportedly told police Bourgeois had gotten drunk a few days earlier and tried to assault him, and said he struck Bourgeois in the head with a stick and began stabbing him.
Authorities believe Bourgeois was dead several days before his body was found.