He shot a man in the face and will spend life in prison for murder

Henry Earl Harvey
Henry Earl Harvey

Henry Earl Harvey received a life sentence Tuesday for killing Eddie Briggs in Gulfport in 2015.

Judge Chris Schmidt imposed the penalty for murder in Harrison County Circuit Court.

Briggs was 29 when he was fatally shot on Jan. 27, 2015, in a courtyard between two buildings at the Emerald Pines apartment complex after an argument in an apartment. He was shot in the face and shoulder and was on a sidewalk when Gulfport police reached the complex.

A Harrison County jury convicted Harvey, 23, in a trial that ended Thursday. The jury was given an option to consider manslaughter. Jurors deliberated about 3 1/2 hours before finding him guilty of murder.

What the argument was about was unclear, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said.

The two had fought in an upstairs apartment and someone separated them, according to testimony. Briggs grabbed his keys and went downstairs to leave when two shots were heard. A witness looking out the apartment window told police Harvey approached Briggs outside and Harvey’s right arm was extended before a second shot was fired.

Harvey was arrested after a police K9 found him hiding in woods about three blocks away. Officers found the murder weapon a short distance from where they caught Harvey. They found the magazine from the gun in a field along the path Harvey had run.

An investigator found video surveillance from the apartment complex that showed someone dragging Briggs’ body from a courtyard to the sidewalk in front of the building.

Harvey had been on parole for burglary of an occupied dwelling and possession with intent to distribute synthetic narcotics, the jail docket shows. Those convictions involved crimes from 2011.