GAUTIER -- A Municipal judge Monday determined there was enough evidence against capital murder suspect Nicholas Marcel De Morst, accused in the Jan. 14 drug-related killing of a Biloxi man, to send the case to a grand jury for indictment.
De Morst, 23, appeared before Municipal Judge Jason Thornton for a preliminary hearing in the case.
De Morst is accused in the shooting death of Hunter Miller, a popular waiter at the Hook-Up restaurant in Biloxi. The underlying felony in the capital case is armed robbery.
Lt. Scott Wilson testified at the hearing, saying he got involved in the investigation after he was called to the scene of Miller's car crash at Ladnier Road and University Street, near College Park Elementary. He said Miller, who died on the way to Singing River Hospital, had been shot in the back.
Wilson said police have determined that there were several people in Miller's Honda Accord when the shooting happened.
In addition, he said, "We found money that was stuffed in the backseat of the vehicle."
Gautier police have recovered the cellphone records of several individuals connected to the case, Wilson said.
"We are still looking for people that may be involved," Wilson said.
The investigator said the incident involved a "drug deal being set up."
De Morst, a convicted felon, remains jailed without bond pending indictment. Attorney Calvin Taylor is representing him.
Also arrested in the case was Freddie Lee Lawrence, 24, on a charge of accessory after the fact to capital murder.