Officials searching for tips after man’s body found in St. Andrews
JACKSON COUNTY -- An Ocean Springs man held on a capital murder charge in the robbery and shooting death of a Biloxi man in Jackson County will remain jailed pending trial.
Patrick Anderson, 35, of Columbus Circle, was denied bond at an initial court appearance Thursday before County Court Judge T. Larry Wilson. The case will be presented to a grand jury for indictment if Anderson declines a preliminary hearing.
State law does not allow a bond in a capital murder case.
Rita Olivia Johnston, 36, of Rue Mornay South Street, also is being held without bond on the same charge.
The two are accused in the March 22 robbery and shooting death of Donatae LaShaw Banks, 29, of Biloxi.
A Jackson County patrol deputy found Banks’ body on a dirt road in the St. Andrews community Tuesday morning.
Deputies learned Banks had recently bought a new minivan, which was missing.
Authorities identified Anderson and Johnston after Anderson crashed Banks’ minivan into a home on Lackland Drive off Popp’s Ferry Road in Biloxi. Biloxi police took Anderson into custody on charges of felony fleeing and possessing and receiving stolen property.
In addition, Anderson was cited for a parole warrant connected to his 2012 conviction for residential burglary.
Capital murder is a murder committed during the commission of another felony crime, in this case armed robbery.
Anderson and Johnston may face death sentences, or life without parole, if convicted.
The investigation is continuing, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
To report information, call Jackson County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Smith at 762-3016 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for information leading to an arrest in a case. All calls are confidential.