Man arrested, charged with Bay St. Louis murder

Christopher Smith (Photo courtesy Bay St. Louis Police)
Christopher Smith (Photo courtesy Bay St. Louis Police)
William Self (Photo courtesy Rick Self)
William Self (Photo courtesy Rick Self)

By WLOX Staff

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Police in Bay St. Louis have arrested 28-year-old Christopher Smith and charged him with murder in the death of 55-year-old William Self.

Human remains were found Tuesday in a burn pile behind a home in the 800 block of Washington Street. The state crime lab and forensic pathologist Dr. Paul Magary from New Orleans assisted in the investigation.

Hancock County reporter Al Showers talked with the Rick Self, the victim's brother.

"I went looking for him myself yesterday. I found some evidence that I took to the police department," Rick Self said. "They came out and did a search. That's when they found my brothers' remains, and this morning told me he had been murdered. And they have the man in custody. They [the police] said he did confess."

Even though Police say Smith confessed, Rick Self still has a lot of questions.

"I just want to know why. I just want to know why he did what he did because my brother was a very kind hearted person, did not have an enemy in this world. Everybody liked him. I just don't understand why somebody would want to do anything to him," Self said.

According to the police, it was a sickening murder.

"According to what the police have told me, he used a machete to kill my brother, and then left him laying on the ground, went back later chopped him up and then set him on fire. It's the most gruesome thing I've ever heard of and nobody, nobody deserves to die like that. Nobody," Self said.

The suspect, Christopher Smith, lived down the street. William Self apparently met him about six months ago.

"They had parties together and hung out together for several months, and I had thought they had just become buddies. I was in total shock," Self said. "I didn't realize the man was capable of anything like this; he never gave any indication of being a violent person."

Rick Self is grieving the loss of his brother.

"It's hard to lose somebody to a natural death, but to have somebody taken from you for no good reason, it's hard. It just sucks the life out of everything and everybody and everything around you," Self said. "He needs to be put away for the rest of his life."

The police are continuing their investigation.

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