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Update: $100,000 bond set for man accused in cousin’s shooting death

Mose Ben Wells appears before Jackson County Judge T. Larry Wilson for an initial appearance and bond hearing on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of his cousin, Eric Wendell Hampton.
Mose Ben Wells appears before Jackson County Judge T. Larry Wilson for an initial appearance and bond hearing on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of his cousin, Eric Wendell Hampton. amccoy@sunherald.com

A Jackson County judge has set a $100,000 bond for a man facing a murder charge in his cousin’s slaying.

Mose Ben Wells, 57, had been held with no bond since his arrest Monday night after the fatal shooting of Eric Wendell Hampton, 38.

County Judge T. Larry Wilson formally charged Wells on Wednesday and set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 10 if Wells has not bonded out of jail by then.

Wells’ slaying is the fourth homicide in Jackson County this year.

Sheriff Mike Ezell has said the cousins, who live on the same street with other relatives, had been arguing for several days.

Deputies responding to a mobile home on McGregor Road on Monday night found Hampton lying wounded on the floor. Hampton was still breathing and was able to speak but died at Ocean Springs Hospital shortly after of a gunshot wound , Ezell said.

Wells quietly answered Wilson’s questions in court Wednesday, saying he is unemployed and lives with another cousin.

Several relatives were in court for the hearing, which was over in minutes.

Bailiffs returned Wells to the county jail.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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