Crime

Victim in fatal Biloxi stabbing was homeless. Police say so was the suspect.

Christopher Maurice Byas
Christopher Maurice Byas

The man accused in a fatal stabbing near the West Biloxi Public Library is homeless and so was his victim, a Biloxi police detective said.

Christopher Maurice Byas, 41, stabbed the other man multiple times in an argument over ongoing disputes, Lt. Christopher De Back said.

“They got physical before the stabbing,” De Back said.

What the alleged disputes involved was unclear.

Witnesses reported the stabbing about 6:12 p.m. Thursday.

The stabbing occurred on Pass Road across the street from the Coast Transit Authority bus stop, which is in front of the Neighborhood Walmart by Tara Lane. The men were near the library and Blair Mobile Home Park in the 2000 block of Pass Road.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital, where he died. His name has not been released yet.

Byas is from the Houston area, and was sought on a child neglect warrant from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, the Harrison County jail docket in Gulfport shows.

Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set a $1 million bond for Byas. But he is held with no bond on the warrant from Houston.

SunHerald social media editor and assistant digital editor contributed to this report.

SunHerald.com will update this report as details develop.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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