Crime

Ex-firefighter indicted in slaying of Waffle House waitress

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDJohnny Max Mount leaves court after waiving his preliminary hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Mount is charged with the shooting death of Waffle House Waffle House server Julie Brightwell. A Harrison County grand jury has indicted him on a first-degree murder charge.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDJohnny Max Mount leaves court after waiving his preliminary hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Mount is charged with the shooting death of Waffle House Waffle House server Julie Brightwell. A Harrison County grand jury has indicted him on a first-degree murder charge. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a former Biloxi firefighter on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a waitress who had asked him not to smoke.

Johnny Max Mount, 45, will be arraigned the week of June 6, said Crosby Parker, Assistant District Attorney.

Mount is accused in the slaying of Julie Brightwell, a popular Waffle House waitress shot to death Nov. 27.

Brightwell worked at a Waffle House in the 2400 block of U.S. 90. She was 52.

Mount is held on a $2 million bond.

Biloxi police have said Mount was sitting at the counter when Brightwell told him he couldn't smoke in the restaurant. He was smoking an e-cigarette, according to testimony at his preliminary hearing.

Several customers were in the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

The restaurant's surveillance cameras took pictures as it happened.

Brightwell was shot in the head.

She had worked for Waffle House for eight years, and had worked at that new Waffle House, near Edgewater Mall, about 17 months.

Waffle House officials have told the Sun Herald she had been asked to help open the new Waffle House because she was a good worker and was good with customers.

Mount had previously been a Biloxi firefighter for 10 years. He had quit working with the Biloxi Fire Department after a non-fire-related accident in 2002. He was struck by a vehicle while standing on U.S. 49 in Gulfport, and lost a leg.

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