Joshua Peterman arrested on murder charges in Gulfport death of Tena Broadus
GULFPORT -- Four people have been arrested in the killing of Tena Marie Broadus, whose skeletal remains were found Oct. 7 in the Biloxi River, Gulfport police said.
Broadus, 29, had been missing for nearly three weeks.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said at a press conference Friday afternoon police had arrested Joshua Anthony Peterman, 28, on a murder charge.
Papania said Peterman killed Broadus in his O'Neal Road home, burned her body at a different location and discarded her remains in the Biloxi River.
Police said in a press release Friday evening three others arrests have been made in Broadus' death.
Kari Michelle Parker, 34, was arrested on a murder charge. Aaron Dale Bobinger, 30, and Devin Deshaun Gregory, 18, were each arrested on an accessory after the fact charge.
The press release said an investigation revealed Broadus went to Peterman's home on the 15300 block of O'Neal Road on Sept. 25, where Peterman and Parker killed her.
Peterman, Bobinger and Gregory took her body to an undisclosed location near the east end of O'Neal Road near Mississippi 605, where it was burned and later dumped into the Biloxi River, the release said.
How Broadus was killed and how police knew she was in the Biloxi River remain unclear.
Papania declined during the press conference to answer several questions from reporters, saying, "We are very limited in the information we are going to release." Some of the details withheld "could tend to harm this investigation," he said.
Police had earlier said Broadus' family had last seen her Sept. 17. The family reported her missing Sept. 25.
Broadus, whom Papania described as a petite woman, was 4-feet-9 and weighed 100 pounds.
Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set a $1 million bond on Peterman's murder charge.
Ray set Parker's bond at $250,000. Both Gregory and Bobinger are held on a $10,000 bond.
Peterman has been in custody since Oct. 11, according to the Harrison County jail docket.
The other three are also held at the Harrison County jail.
Gulfport police had arrested Peterman on parole warrants for commercial burglary and residential burglary convictions. He also was arrested on misdemeanor charges of malicious mischief, simple assault and petit larceny. He received credit for time served on the misdemeanors.
Peterman also was wanted by Gulfport police on a contempt charge. He was wanted in Hancock County on a charge of disturbing the peace.
Papania said Harrison County coroner Gary Hargrove worked with the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory to use DNA to identify Broadus. The lab results, he said, were crucial to the investigation and led to an arrest.
"By no means is this investigation closed," Papania said.
"I want to express my sympathy to the family, as I know this has and will continue to be a very difficult and heart-wrenching situation," he said.
Assisting in the investigation were the Gulfport and D'Iberville fire departments, Harrison County Fire Service and Gulf Coast Search and Rescue.