D'Iberville man gets life for teen's shooting death

Ethan Smith (Photo source: Harrison Co. District Attorney's Office)
Ethan Smith (Photo source: Harrison Co. District Attorney's Office)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A D'Iberville man received a life sentence Thursday for murdering his life-long friend. Ethan Smith, 23, was convicted of the 2011 murder of Eric Midkiff, 16.

District Attorney Joel Smith said the two were drinking with three others in a small trailer outside of a Diberville home on March 29th, 2011. Witnesses testified that after a few hours of drinking, Smith told everyone to leave so he could spend time with a female companion, but Midkiff refused.

"Specifically, he told the victim that if he did not leave, he would shoot him. When the victim refused to leave, the defendant pressed a gun to his head and pulled the trigger," said Assistant District Attorney George Huffman, who prosecuted the case along with Jason Josef.

This case was the D'Iberville Police Department's first homicide investigation since its formation in 2008.

"We are very pleased the system was able to provide justice for the victim's family today," said District Attorney Smith. "Eric was a young man who had a lot to live for and he certainly did not deserve the fate handed to him by the cold and callous actions of the defendant."

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