Crime

He helped 3 people move her dead body after they took drugs together, DA says

Aaron Dale Bobinger
Aaron Dale Bobinger

A Gulfport man will be sentenced in October for his part in the killing of Tena Broadus, District Attorney Joel Smith said.

Aaron Dale Bobinger, 32, pleaded guilty earlier this week to accessory to murder after the fact in Harrison County Circuit Court. Judge Chris Schmidt accepted the plea and deferred Bobinger’s sentencing to Oct. 2.

Gulfport police found Tena Broadus’ burned remains in October 2015 in wooded area near O’Neal Road. Broadus’ family issued a missing person’s report one month earlier.

Smith said Bobinger told Schmidt at his plea hearing that he and Broadus were together on the day of her death and went to Joshua Peterman’s residence.

Broadus went inside to speak to Peterman, Bobinger told the court, but he left the residence and later returned because Broadus was inside for a long period of time.

When he returned, Broadus was not there, and Peterman, along with Kari Parker and Devon Gregory, told Bobinger that Broadus had left.

Smith said Bobinger then told the court he stayed in the home and used narcotics with Peterman, Parker and Gregory. The trio later admitted they had killed Broadus and needed Bobinger’s help to move her body.

They disposed of the body on O’Neal Road, Bobinger told the court, and he later separated from the defendants.

Bobinger faces up to 20 years in prison for his part in Broadus’ killing.

The other co-defendants are scheduled to appear in court later this month and in October, Smith said.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mitch Owen.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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