Woman endured repeated abuse, boyfriend charged with murder

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In a quiet neighborhood on Richmond Street stands a small, gray house.  The sheriff says that was where 32-year-old Jennifer Lee McKeon was killed early Monday morning.

"She had a black eye. She had a wound to the back of her head," Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Byrd believes that wound probably came from McKeon's head being slammed against a wall.   The sheriff said McKeon died an hour before she was brought to the hospital by her boyfriend, 44-year-old Mark Anthony Fountain.

"Also in the autopsy, her hyoid bone in her throat was fractured, which is an indication of someone choking her," Byrd said.

Fountain is now charged with murder by depraved heart.

"It's happened probably in the heat of passion of the argument that they were involved in," Byrd said.  "He was out on bond on aggravated assault already from a 2008 case, where he was involved in allegedly using a knife on someone."

WLOX talked to a few neighbors on Richmond Street who did not want to go on camera.  However, they did tell us that they're not surprised that Fountain was arrested and charged with murder.  They say Fountain is known in the neighborhood for his violent behavior and they've heard screaming and arguing coming from his house.  One man said he actually saw Fountain take the victim, Ms McKeon, to the hospital.

The sheriff said during the eight months that the couple dated, McKeon had gone to the Emergency Room at Ocean Springs Hospital 27 times. However, Fountain has only been charged three times for domestic violence.  The latest occurred on September 24th.

"So this guy's very violent," Byrd said. "There's no doubt in my mind that he just got carried away with beating her and killed her. I don't have any sympathy for somebody like this, in my opinion, the death sentence is too good for him."

Fountain is also charged with Felony Malicious Mischief for allegedly kicking out a window of a Jackson County Patrol car while he was being taken in for questioning.  He is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond.

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