GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A Moss Point woman accused of running over her husband with a car faces a $100,000 bond and her case has been bound over to a grand jury. Judge Jason Thorton set the bond during Krystal Kersey's initial hearing at Gautier City Court Monday.
Right after the hearing, Kersey's mother talked about the murder charge against her daughter. She told WLOX News she believes her daughter is actually the victim.
"She said she didn't do it. My daughter's not well. She told me Thursday, she said, 'Momma, I think I'm dying.' She said, 'Something's not right,'" said Andrea Kersey.
The Escatawpa woman showed up at Gautier City Court Monday to support her 25-year-old daughter, Krystal Kersey. On Saturday, Gautier Police say Krystal used her car to run over her husband of only two months, 24-year-old Justin Gary Stork. She allegedly pinned Stork against a tree at an apartment complex, then took off. Andrea Kersey said her daughter was trying to defend herself.
"If my daughter did do this, it was her life or his that night. I am 100-percent sure," said Andrea Kersey.
Andrea Kersey claimed Stork had drug problems and had beaten Krystal and Krystal's young son in the past. She said the latest incident allegedly happened Friday in Alabama, the day before Stork's death.
When asked if her daughter committed the crime, Kersey replied, "Ma'am I can't answer that, because I don't know. As a mother, I really don't want to know, because not only do I despise that child for beating my grand baby, I did not want death to come to either one of them."
Gautier Police say they have no record of any drug abuse or domestic violence involving the couple in their city.
"I became aware of a domestic issue. I am not aware yet of another arrest that may have taken place at another agency. In our city, we don't have any record of that. I'm in the process of gathering records to further our investigation," said Jonathan Whitfield with the Gautier Police Department.
Andrea Kersey said Krystal was suffering from depression. She said Krystal loved her husband and the couple just a baby girl two weeks ago. She also expressed sympathy for Stork's family.
"I am sorry for the loss, I really, really am. I tried with him, I tried. I just wanted him to be good to them," she said with tears in her eyes.
Andrea Kersey said she is just coming to grips with the fact that her daughter is now charged with murder.
"It means even if she's committed, it means her life is pretty much over, too," she said.
Several members of Stork's family and friends also attended the initial court hearing, but they did not want to talk to WLOX about the case Monday. WLOX's Doug Walker did talk with Stork's mother on Sunday. Read more about their conversation here: http://www.wlox.com/story/22544111/gautier-police-say-murder-suspect-deliberately-ran-over-husband