Capital murder suspect pleads guilty to strangulation deaths

JACKSON COUNTY - A capital murder suspect tied to a Bassfield couple's killings after his and his girlfriend's arrest in Jackson County has pleaded guilty to the April 2009 strangulation deaths.

Michael Bernard Henry, 41, was arrested on a charge of capital murder shortly after his arrest along with his girlfriend Alicia Renee Punches in the Escatawpa community on an arson charge.

The two had set fire to the slain couple's vehicle behind a horse arena on Mississippi 613 in the Big Point community and were later picked up in Jackson County. Sheriff's investigators linked the couple to the strangulation deaths of Edward Eugene Redd, 70, and his wife, Cherilene Redd, 74.

Henry was in the midst of his capital murder trial this week when he changed his plea to guilty. He was ordered to serve 25 years in prison day for day. Afterward, Punches, who already had pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit capital murder, was ordered to spend 20 years in prison day for day.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday's Sun Herald.