Harrison County

Murder suspects to turn themselves in

Two cousins wanted in a shooting that turned deadly on Friday are expected to turn themselves in today, a Gulfport attorney said.

Anthony Joseph Williams, 25, and Jessie Lee Williams Jr., 18, are wanted on charges of murder and two counts of aggravated assault in a shooting that killed 23-year-old Melvin Presley and wounded two other men on 32nd Avenue.

Attorney Michael Crosby said he has made arrangements for them to turn themselves in later today.

Jessie Williams' father, known by the same name, was beaten to death by guards at the Harrison County jail in 2006. The slaying resulted in the settlement of a $3.5 million lawsuit for the father's estate and a federal criminal case with related convictions including murder and deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

Crosby represented the Williams family in the civil case and worked with federal prosecutors in the criminal case.

Gulfport police obtained arrest warrants for Anthony Williams and Jessie Williams on Friday evening.

Once they are in custody, it is unlikely Jessie Williams will be able to post bond. He is out of jail on bond on pending charges of drive-by shooting and possession of a stolen firearm.

The Sun Herald is following developments and will provide updates as new information becomes available.

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