Officials searching for tips after man’s body found in St. Andrews
JACKSON COUNTY -- A Biloxi woman held on a capital murder charge will remain jailed pending trial.
Rita Olivia Johnston, 36, had an initial court appearance Friday at the Jackson County jail. Judge Sharon Sigalis denied Johnston a bond.
State law does not allow a bond in a capital murder case.
Johnston and Patrick Anderson, 35, are accused in the robbery and shooting death of Dontae LaShaw Banks, 29, of Biloxi.
A Jackson County deputy was on patrols when he discovered Banks' body on a dirt road in the St. Andrews community. Banks had recently purchased a mini-van that was missing.
Authorities identified the suspects in the killing after Anderson crashed Banks' mini-van into a home on Lackland Drove off Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi. Biloxi police also arrested Anderson on charges of felony fleeing and possessing and receiving stolen property.
Anderson is also being held on a patrol warrant related to his 2012 conviction for residential burglary.
Capital murder is a murder committed during the commissions of another felony crime. In this case, the underlying crime is armed robbery.
If convicted, both suspects face a sentence of up to life without parole or death.
Sheriff Mike Ezell said the investigation is ongoing.
To report information, call Jackson County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Smith at (228) 762-3016 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.