Hattiesburg man killed at Moss Point gas station
A Hattiesburg man was pronounced dead Thursday night after being shot once while asking for directions at a gas station on Mississippi 63, said Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman.
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#1 Oct 24, 2008
I worked with this man. He was a crew mamber on the boat I ride. He just went home about a week ago. We ride thirty days at a time and it is hard being away from friends and family for that long. This man loved his wife and children and spoke about them all the time. This is a sad day on our boat. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. This is terrible but for his wife to have to witness this even worse. God dam street thugs make me sick. It makes me want to kill some of them myself.
#2 Oct 26, 2008
This is the same ones that Obama wants to spread the wealth to. Its scary that I grew up only 5 minutes from this location. They need to have a patrolman there 24/7. Thats a busy intersection and its right on the main highway. They had no clue that they were making a stop in a bad neighborhood. VERY BAD NEIGHBORHOOD! My gun is always loaded and accessable when I have to go through that area. My condolences to the family.
#3 Oct 26, 2008
From what we have learned he did not have a chance. I am relieved and happy to hear they did not take his wife too. It would not have surprised me any. The cameras in the store were not working and there were no outside cameras. I am wondering if the killers did not know this? That would not surprise me any either. The poor guy got killed more than likely because he was driving a Mercedes. How sad! I hope they catch these animals!
#4 Oct 26, 2008
did you see the news tonight?
a woman who has a beauty shop next door claims that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and that this place is not a bad area
what a crock of shit
moss point always tries to make like its not bad there and its horrible
that place will never change
its a joke
#5 Oct 26, 2008
lol......i agree dear sir. Its a cesspool of existence, along with numerous other eyesores in the city. It will remain however until a government body with some real strength, resolve, and intelligence can do something about it. such a shame for the family. Hopefully the department will be assisted by the community and an arrest can be made.
#6 Oct 26, 2008
Poor Mike would not have known any of what you are saying as he was from Hattiesburg. I am not sure how far that is from Moss Point but obviously he was not familiar if he was asking for directions. The cops will probably never catch these bastards. The Article I read said there were no other people around when they became spooked and got out of the quick stop. What about the attendant? I am not sure but the three killers were probably in the store at some point. I am wondering if somehow the attendant was not in on it. No Cameras and no witnesses? I hope I am wrong but it makes me wonder!
#7 Oct 27, 2008
lets just say that it is common for that place to have criminal activity and nothing is ever done to stop it
it has been that way for many years and nothing has ever been done,but the couple was in danger if had they stopped anywhere in moss point and that is not an exaggeration
it is unbelievable that there is never any change within the city it only gets worse
i feel terrible for these people and any others who might get lost or even accidently break down in moss point
i have always feared having a flat tire there
if you are ever in moss point (anywhere in moss point at all)if your traveling through moss point first off make sure that you have a weapon and have it ready
if your car breaks down or you have a flat, do not ask for help or get out of your vehicle and walk
it is a danger
call for help, lock your doors and be ready for some shady character to approach you to ask for money or to buy dope oh and maybe an occaisional prostitute will ask for 5 bucks
anyone who lives there and says its not all that bad, or that the conoco is usually a decent place is part of the problem
anyone with an ounce of brains who lives in moss point will tell you its living hell and extremely dangerous day and night
i wish these innocent people would have known
spread the word to anyone you know especially the people from up state who think the coast is wonderful
make sure they know that the coast is wonderful but moss point is not
#8 Oct 27, 2008
Thank You for explaing this to me. Being that I am on a boat where Mike also worked we are limited to access to the news in that area. If at all possible would you please relay any information you hear or see in the news concerning this horrible crime. When you work on a boat with a crew of ten men you kind of band together like brothers. Mike had been out here for a little over a year and talked alot about his wife and family. He will be missed especially when his rotation starts and won't be here. Thank you again!
#9 Oct 27, 2008
TB, three teenagers have been arrested and charged with capitol murder.
I'll get the link and post it for you if you didn't already know this.
#10 Oct 27, 2008
Thank you and I'm letting my local friends that head down the coast often know about this.
It sounds like Moss Point is a whole lot like west Jackson. If you live here you know to stay away, but just like Moss Point, if you're not local, you really have no idea that you're in a war zone until something horrible happens.
#11 Oct 27, 2008
Moss Point cops charge 3 in murder
By Earlesha Butler American Staff Writer October 27, 2008
Three teenagers were arrested Monday and charged with capital murder in the slaying of a Lamar County man who had stopped at a Moss Point convenience store to ask for directions.
Moss Point Detective Joycelyn Craig said police arrested Darwin Wells, 15, Terry Hye Jr., 15, and Alonzo Kelly, 17, in the slaying of Michael David Porter, 44.
Wells was arrested at his East Moss Point residence around 1 p.m.
Craig said the Hye and Kelly were later brought into custody for questioning.
Craig said Wells confessed to shooting Porter. She said Hye and Kelly confessed to being his accomplices. All three are charged as adults.
Porter was shot Thursday night when he stopped at a Moss Point convenience store to ask for directions to the Forrest County Agricultural High School-Gautier High School football game in Gautier after he and his wife, Linda, had missed their highway exit. The Porters were going to the game to watch their grandson play.
Porter died at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula after he was shot once in the chest around 7 p.m. at the Conoco gas station on Mississippi 63 and Grierson Street.
Craig said the shooting was the result of an attempted armed robbery. She said the gun used in the shooting was probably stolen.
She said Wells admitted to shooting Porter after he approached him and asked for money.
Craig said Wells was arrested by Moss Point police two months ago for motor vehicle theft. Wells was later ordered to pay restitution by a juvenile judge, she said.
Craig said neither Hye nor Kelly had a prior record.
#12 Oct 28, 2008
Thank You very much girl! This is good news I guess coming out of a terrible crime. The only bad thing is they are juveniles and we all know how that can go. Maybe everyone will be lucky and they will try tham as adults and they can put these assholes away for a long long time. juvenile court will be lienient and they will be back on the streets at 18 years old. At least they are off the streets right now. I have been pretty busy the last few days and have not been able to play around much. I'll call you soon. Miss ya girl! thanks again!
#13 Oct 28, 2008
The article says all 3 are being charged as adults, hopefully that will be the case. I'm still in shock that a 15 year old was the shooter. God help us.
The next step will be getting it to trial, even though they confessed the little ba$tards probably won't plead guilty and cost the taxpayers that expense as well as grief. I hate to say this, but convictions are more difficult than the arrests because of the jury pools. There'll be some stupid SOB that will feel sorry for them because they're kids and think there's hope for rehabilitation. Fat chance, if they're already cold blooded killers in their teens they aren't going to become upstanding citizens, especially back in the environment that they come from.
Stay safe and warm on the boat and I hope to hear from you soon, sorry about the phone tag.
#14 Oct 28, 2008
Mike was a wonderful person. He loved his wife and his dog "BO" which was like his son. He loved his grandsons and all of his family very dearly. I worked for him and his wife and they both were always super nice to me. They are very respectful people . Mike would do anything he could to help you even though you worked for him. They made you feel very welcomed in their home. He always picked on me and my partner Sarah while we worked for him . My heart is broken that such a wonderful,but innocent person like Mike had to be taken by a obviously a very troubled teenager.I have cried a lot for his wife and dog and the rest of his family. I would love to just ask that teenager why did you have to take someones life. I hope that he never stops thinking about what he did to a innocent human being.I hope he gets life in prison without parole I hope a jury will find all of them guilty!!!! At least if they are in prison for the rest of their life hopefully guilt will drive them just about crazy. They deserve some kind of torture . Look what they did to this innocent person-Took his life- even worse his wife had to be a witness. My heart is so broken for her. I can't even begin to imagine how she feels . A wonderful man gone but never will be forgotten from Hattiesburg,MS is a angel among us now.
#15 Oct 28, 2008
I worked with Mike and rode with him this trip. He had only been off the boat for about a week when this happened. If you speak with his family please tell them that the crew on the Crimson Gem is thinking about them and wish them the best and hope they can recover from this terrible tragedy. I will always remember Mike. Tell them he spoke about his wife and family all the time and we send them our condolences. thank you and best wishes to you too!
#17 Oct 29, 2008
I first would like to say that I grew up across the street from this Gas Station. I apologize for the things that have taken place, and the families that have been affected. Its also sad to me to say that I grew up with the older brothers of these kids. I am only 23 myself, but I must say that we ALL are not KILLERS. Moss Point is a good city with good people.
There is no excuse for this ludacris behavior and I hope that they all are convicted and serve their just do. Moss Point, like many other places is suffering from economic depression and lack of governmental leadership. This all will be fixed in the upcoming mayorial elections.
My condolences go out to ALL. Pray for us...
#18 Oct 29, 2008
Ironic that you say this, after graduating high school, I moved from Moss Point to West Jackson, I have never had a problem in either places. Regardless of where you go in life there is a possibility for trouble. I was hurt after reading some of the things that were said in these comments, only because I never felt that way about these places. These places are what we call "home". I can not apologize enough for this tragic accident, but just know that ALL of us are not KILLERS. Much Love...
#19 Oct 29, 2008
I totally respect you for what you have said and I am sure you are sincere in your words but do you really think a Mayoral election can fix these type of problems? This is not just a Moss Point problem, it is a nation wide problem and a lot bigger than a new mayor can handle. Please don't apologize for something you had nothing to do with. I understand where you are coming from and thank you for your candor. Best wishes to you nad yours. P.S. Maybe you should consider getting involved in your local government. you seem to have a handle on what the problems are and maybe at your age people like these kids would listen to you. Good luck at whatever you do!
#20 Oct 29, 2008
5 people have been charged now.
2 more arrested in Lamar man's slaying
BY EARLESHA BUTLER October 29, 2008
Two more suspects were arrested and charged in the slaying of a Lamar County man who had stopped at a Moss Point convenience store to ask for directions.
Moss Point Detective Joycelyn Craig said police charged Tevin J. Benjamin, 14, with capital murder and Melody Jones, 39, with accessory after the fact in the slaying of Michael David Porter, 44.
Police say both suspects are from Moss Point. Police have arrested a total of five suspects, including four teenagers, in Porter's murder.
Police arrested Benjamin late Monday night after the three other suspects who were arrested early Monday confessed to his involvement.
Craig said Jones' arrest occurred when one of the suspects confessed that they'd told her about the murder.
"She didn't report it to (police)," Craig said.
Craig said Jones was related to Terry Hye Jr.- one of three teenagers police arrested Monday.
Police charged Hye, 15, Darwin Wells, 15, and Alonzo Kelly, 17, with capital murder.
The arrests stemmed from public tips, Craig said.
Wells confessed to shooting Porter after Wells approached Porter and asked for money, Craig said.
Hye and Kelly were later brought in for questioning and confessed to being Wells' accomplices, she said. All four teenage suspects are charged as adults.
Porter died at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula after he was shot once in the chest around 7 p.m. Thursday at the Conoco gas station on Mississippi 63 and Grierson Street.
Porter was shot when he stopped at a Moss Point convenience store to ask for directions to the Forrest County Agricultural High School-Gautier High School football game in Gautier.
Porter and his wife, Linda, had missed their highway exit and were en route to the game to watch their grandson play.
Craig said Monday that the shooting was the result of an attempted armed robbery.
#21 Oct 29, 2008
Suspects in fatal Moss Point shooting expected in court next week
By MARGARET BAKER - [email protected]
MOSS POINT -- All five suspects in last week's fatal shooting of a Lamar County man at a convenience store are expected to make their first court appearance in Moss Point Municipal Court on Nov. 4.
Arrested and charged with capital murder were the alleged triggerman, Darwin Wells, 15, and Telvin James Benjamin,14, Terry Hye Jr., 15, and Alonzo Kelly, 17, all of Moss Point.
Hye's aunt, Melody Jones, 49, of Moss Point, also was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact because she allegedly learned what had happened from her nephew and told him not to worry about it.
The teens are accused in the shooting death of Michael David Porter, 44, of Hattiesburg. Porter and his wife, Linda, stopped at the Conoco convenience store off Mississippi 63 to get directions when the suspects allegedly tried to carjack them.
After a struggle outside the store, police said, Michael Porter was able to get in his vehicle to attempt to drive away before he was shot.
Wells told police he fired the fatal shot that shattered the driver's side window of Porter's Mercedes and hit him in his left side. He died the same night at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula.
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