Trial set in woman’s killing; police say son was intended target

Karlos Onealius Oatis
Karlos Onealius Oatis

A trial date has been set for one of three men indicted in the shooting of a woman killed by bullets police say were intended for her son.

Karlos Onealius Oatis, 21, is set for trial Nov. 21 on murder and other charges filed after the 2015 killing of Anessia Daniels.

Daniels, 43, was shot twice and her son was wounded when bullets pierced her Gulfport home on April 18, 2015. She died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Gulfport police have said her son, then 25, was shot in his left leg.

The killing is believed to be Harrison County’s first involving a Spice deal.

A police detective in a preliminary hearing testified Oatis fired seven 9mm rounds that penetrated the home after someone knocked on the front door and Daniels’ son slammed the door shut.

Daniels’ son owed Oatis money for 100 grams of Spice, according to testimony. The son recognized one of the men and gave police a description of a sport-utility vehicle. Police said they found the SUV at a convenience store and seized a 9mm Ruger and 11 grams of crack cocaine.

A Harrison County grand jury has indicted Oatis and Catrelle Darnell Agee, 22, on charges of murder, attempted murder and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Oatis, held on a $1 million bond, was brought to court Monday for a trial setting. He appeared before Circuit Judge Chris Schmidt.

The grand jury has indicted John Patrick Minter, 26, on charges of accessory after the fact to murder and the drug-distribution charge. Minter is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.

Hearings are pending for Agee and Minter. They also remain in custody.

Daniels’ killing and an 18-year-old’s killing the same weekend prompted Police Chief Leonard Papania to announce a campaign against the city’s “criminal subculture,” those who embrace a criminal lifestyle.