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Update: $2 million bond set for Bay St. Louis man in double homicide

A Bay St. Louis man has been charged with two counts of murder in a double homicide last weekend.

Myrick Laneaux, 27, made an initial appearance Wednesday. Judge Stephen Maggio set his bond at $1 million for each murder count.

Kristina Quintini, 28, and boyfriend Norris Demetrius Mueller, 29, were found dead Saturday at Quintini’s duplex in Bay Pines. A call regarding their welfare sent police to the apartment and the couple was pronounced dead about 7 p.m.

Autopsies showed Quintini died of gunshot wounds and Mueller died of a gunshot to the head. The pair’s 6-month-old daughter, Mia, was shot in the shoulder but is recovering.

Laneaux had been arrested Sunday in the theft of a car belonging to Quintini’s mother. The bond for that charge was set at $100,000. He has convictions on drug and larceny charges.

It was revealed in court he has three children and a 10th-grade education. He turned 27 on Monday.

Quintini and Mueller attended Bay High School.

Quintini was a well-liked member of the Bay High Steppers and later, at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Dixie Darlings dance team.

Mueller’s family described him as “charismatic, smart and funny,” with a “big personality.” Though he had been in trouble, family said he was trying to turn his life around and had two other daughters from a previous relationship.

Quintini had apparently been trying to extricate herself from the relationship.

On Wednesday, Laneaux entered the courtroom shackled and escorted by two Bay St. Louis police officers. He kept his head down most of the time, answering the judge’s questions quietly or simply nodding, which prompted Maggio to ask him to speak his responses.

Laneaux is being represented by public defender Damian Holcomb, who said he will be speaking with his client in the coming weeks to prepare for a Sept. 21 preliminary hearing.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said investigators are still awaiting forensic evidence and expect to add more charges to the case.

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