Suspect accused of assaulting woman at apartment complex back in Ocean Springs


OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Biloxi man accused in the September beating and sexual assault of a single mother at an Ocean Springs apartment complex made an initial court appearance Friday after he was extradited from Florida.

Ocean Springs police picked up Cameron May, 24, from the Okaloosa County, Fla., jail Friday and brought him to Ocean Springs Municipal Court.

May is suspected in the Sept. 10 beating and assault of a 33-year-old woman in the manager's office at The Dominion apartment complex on Holcomb Boulevard.

The woman, who was alone in the apartment-complex office, was grabbed from behind, beaten, choked and sexually assaulted. Among her injuries was a jaw broken in several places and a lacerated ear, police said.

May was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban photographed at The Dominion and was in that SUV when Okaloosa County deputies captured him Sept. 21, authorities said.

After May refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a warrant Oct. 8 to have him extradited from Florida to face charges in Ocean Springs.

At Friday's hearing, May was represented by a public defender but asked Municipal Court Judge Matthew Mestayer if he could hire a private attorney.

Mestayer granted his request and gave him a few days time to hire an attorney. Mestayer postponed May's initial hearing to Wedesday, Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said.

May faces a single charge of aggravated assault, but police expect to bring additional charges after they receive results of forensic testing, Ocean Springs police Capt. Chuck Jackson said. He is being held at the Ocean Springs Police Department jail until his bond is set.

Kristie Lal, web producer, contributed to this report.