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Man accused in Ocean Springs sexual assault due in court

Cameron Dwayne May is accused in the Sept. 21 beating and sexual assault of a woman at The Dominion Apartments in Ocean Springs.
Cameron Dwayne May is accused in the Sept. 21 beating and sexual assault of a woman at The Dominion Apartments in Ocean Springs.

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Biloxi man accused in the beating and sexual assault of a single mother at an Ocean Springs apartment complex has a preliminary hearing tonight, Police Chief Mark Dunston said.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. in Ocean Springs Municipal Court.

Ocean Springs police picked up Cameron Dwayne May, 24, last week from the Okaloosa County, Fla., jail and returned him to Ocean Springs.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a governor's warrant to have May returned to Ocean Springs after he refused to waive his extradition hearing in Florida.

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

The woman was alone in the office at 11 a.m. when she was grabbed from behind, beaten, choked and sexually assaulted, police said. Her injuries included a broken jaw and lacerated ear.

When authorities got to the scene, they found the woman sitting in the apartment's breezeway bleeding with two tenants by her side.

She was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital.

May had a public defender representing him when he made his first court appearance last week. He asked if he could hire a private attorney and Municipal Judge Matthew Mestayer moved May's court appearance to this week to give him time to hire one.

May is facing one charge of aggravated assault, though Ocean Springs police expect to file additional charges after they get the results of forensic testing.

He is being held at the Ocean Springs jail.

He listed his occupation as a server on the police report, though it did not say where he had worked.

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