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Second brother arrested for helping alleged Biloxi cop shooter, police say

Second brother arrested for helping alleged Biloxi officer shooter, brings arrests total to six

Wanya Toquest Atkinson, 20, was arrested and charged with the accessory after the fact in connection to the slaying of Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen. This is the second Atkinson brother to be charged for helping 19-year-old Darian Atkinson.
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Wanya Toquest Atkinson, 20, was arrested and charged with the accessory after the fact in connection to the slaying of Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen. This is the second Atkinson brother to be charged for helping 19-year-old Darian Atkinson.

A sixth arrest in the slaying of Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen was made Wednesday, two days after the officer’s funeral.

Wanya Toquest Atkinson, 20, of Ocean Springs, was arrested and charged with the accessory after the fact, said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania.

Wanya is the brother of 19-year-old Darian T. Atkinson, who is charged in the capital murder of McKeithen outside the Biloxi Police Department on May 5. Wanya Atkinson is being held at the Harrison County jail on bond of $500,000 set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.

Another brother, 21-year-old Davian Atkinson, was arrested May 8 and charged with accessory after the fact. His bond also was set at $500,000.

Darian Atkinson is being held without bond.

Previously arrested by Gulfport police and charged with accessory after the fact to capital murder are Andre Sullivan, 18, Joshua Michael Kovach, 21, and Dalentez Latavian Brice, 20. That charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Police say Sullivan, Kovach and Brice provided Darian with clothes after the incident, and Davian Atkinson gave his younger brother a ride and allowed him to make calls on his cellphone while he was on the run.

Papania said the investigation remains active. Biloxi and Gulfport police on Tuesday searched the area outside the Lopez-Quave Safety Center on Porter Avenue where the officer died.

Gulfport Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office are handling the investigation for the Biloxi Police Department, and are receiving ongoing assistance from local, state and federal law enforcement

Papania said anyone with information is asked to contact either of those two agencies.

Hundreds celebrated the life of fallen officer Robert McKeithen Monday, May 13, with dozens attending the funeral, lining the streets of Biloxi and attended McKeithen's burial. His 'End of Watch' call went over the radio as he was laid to rest.

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Mary Perez is the business and casino reporter for the Sun Herald and also writes about Biloxi, jobs and the new restaurants and development coming to the Coast. She is a fourth-generation journalist.
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