PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – Pascagoula Police are still searching for a man they believe was involved in the murder of a elderly man early Tuesday morning. And they warn, 28-year-old Daniel Lamont Hatten may be armed and dangerous.
Rodney Phillip McKenzie, 19, is already in jail, charged with capital murder for the robbery and shooting death of Johnny Bullock. McKenzie walked into court Wednesday with his head down to face the charges against him. From the start, investigators believed McKenzie didn't act alone.
Chief Kenny Johnson said Daniel Hatten and McKenzie got into Bullock's van in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the 67-year-old was going out for coffee. Johnson said in questioning McKenzie, investigators pieced together what happened. McKenzie told police he and Hatten found prescription drugs in Bullock's van.
"What they ultimately took, we believe, is a small amount of cash and some prescription drugs," Johnson said.
When Bullock fought back, Johnson said, one of the suspects pulled out a gun.
"He was shot in his upper body area," Johnson said.
According to investigators, after Bullock was shot, the men jumped out of the van, leaving Bullock inside dead.
"We know it was a robbery. We haven't put together all the pieces to what put them in the van."
Police believe Bullock may have known his accused killers.
"Perhaps they had worked for him from time to time. He would get different people work at his kennel and help clean up and care for the animals," Johnson said.
As for the animals, Bullock's kennel worker is caring for the 100 plus puppies and dogs at the kennel, until the family decides what to do with the business.