Crime

Police identify 69-year-old man who was stabbed to death at Gautier apartment complex

Gautier police have arrested a man on a charge of first-degree murder.

Christopher Kimsey, 23, of Moss Point, is accused in the killing of Stephen Wyatt Cheak, 69, at Singing River Apartments on Gautier-Vancleave Road.

Police made the arrest after they found Kimsey at River Bend Apartments on Martin Bluff Road and questioned him and three other adults at the apartment with him at the time.

Additional charges could be filed against the three others, police said in the release.

Kimsey is being held at the Jackson County jail pending a bond hearing. Bond is expected to be set Friday afternoon.

An investigation began after police responded to a call Wednesday about an assault at Singing River Apartments. When officers got there, they found Cheak dead on the floor near the front door of his apartment.

Police said Cheak had been attacked and stabbed multiple times.

To report information, call the Gautier Police Department at 228-497-2486 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

Margaret Baker is an investigative reporter whose search for truth exposed corrupt sheriffs, a police chief and various jailers and led to the first prosecution of a federal hate crime for the murder of a transgendered person. She worked on the Sun Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina team. When she pursues a big story, she is relentless.
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