GULFPORT -- A Harrison County grand jury will review a murder case involving a killing believed committed with a baseball bat. It will also review the assault of a Harrison County jail inmate by a fellow inmate already indicted on a murder charge.
Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray heard testimony in both cases Wednesday at the county jail courtroom and found probable cause for a grand jury review.
William Cullen "Red" King, 25, is accused of fatally beating Quintin E. Brinkley, 39, with a baseball bat at Brinkley's home on Gulf Avenue. Police believe King and Brinkley had recently argued over money. Guests at Brinkley's home woke up Feb. 20 and found him severely wounded on his couch.
A detective testified Wednesday police found blood spattered everywhere and Brinkley with a severe head wound, said Herman Cox, Harrison County prosecuting attorney. Brinkley had a slight pulse but was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police reportedly found witnesses who saw King in the area with a bat before the killing.
"He told a friend words to the effect of 'you better get out of the area. I'm going to kill someone,'" Cox said.
A detective testified others saw King walking in the area with a bloody bat after the killing. Police also found someone who claimed King had asked for a person by a nickname, saying he needed to find that person to help him hide a body, Cox said.
Police searched King's home but did not find a bat, Cox said. They seized the clothes he had been wearing and have sent those and other items to a crime lab.
His bond on the murder charge is $1 million. He has no bond on a parole warrant on a conviction of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Ira Donell Bowser, 34, has been in jail since his arrest on a murder charge in his girlfriend's slaying. He is accused in the fatal stabbing of Shabree Lee Page in Pass Christian on June 9, 2012. He has been indicted.
Bowser now faces a charge of aggravated assault, accused of stabbing a fellow inmate and blinding the man in the right eye on Dec. 6. Cox said detectives are unsure of a motive.
Saul Brown, 37, was sitting at a table in a day room doing "dips," exercising his arm muscles, and had his back to Bowser as Bowser approached him, an affidavit said.
Corrections officers testified Brown told them Bowser walked up and said, "I'm a killer. I'm a killer," and attacked him with a homemade metal shank resembling a knife.
A jail video shown in court showed Bowser walk up and stab Brown five times while Brown tried to get away, Cox said. Investigators were unable to find the shank, he said.
Bowser has a $100,000 bond on the assault charge and a $5 million bond on the murder charge.