Six indictments handed down in Moss Point murder

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County Grand Jury handed down six indictments Friday in connection with the October murder of a lost traveller at a Moss Point Conoco station. 16-year-old Darwin Marquel Wells, Jr., 14-year-old Terry Hye, Jr. and 15-year-old Tevin James Benjamin were all indicted on charges of capital murder.

The indictment accuses the three juveniles of murdering Michael David Porter while trying to rob him at a Conoco station on Hwy 63. 17-year-old Alonzo Kelly, who was apparently present at the time of the murder, was indicted on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder. Kelly was originally charged with capital murder just after the incident.

Melody Jones and Faith Gibson are also indicted on charges of accessory after the fact to murder, after they allegedly failed to tell authorities that the teens had committed the crime.

Gibson is the last person to be arrested in connection with the murder and was not charged before her indictment Friday. Her indictment said she knew about Well's involvement with the murder and didn't come forward.

Jones is Hye's aunt, and was arrested and charged in October for allegedly hiding Hye's involvement. Jones was the only one indicted Friday who was not in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center as of late Saturday.

Their trial dates will be set soon for later this year.