BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A second suspect is behind bars for the murder of Don Morris. Morris's death two weeks ago was first thought to be the result of an accident, but an autopsy the next day revealed he had been shot to death.
Brian Wiggins walked into the Biloxi Police Station Wednesday to turn himself in, one day after police asked for help finding the man they believe killed Don Morris. Wiggins's cousin, Demetrius Sparkman, is also behind bars charged with murder.
"Each one of them has elected to evoke their right to remain silent," Biloxi Police Department Capt. Jim Adamo said.
Both men have a history of arrests, everything from domestic violence to sale of cocaine. Sparkman's list of arrests also includes simple assault, felony evasion and malicious mischief charges.
Police zeroed in on Wiggins and Sparkman the day after Morris was shot in the head.
"At that time, they were persons of interest. You always hold off on any opinions you might have until you take a look at your evidence," Capt. Adamo said. "These are cases that require a lot of leg work."
At this time, police are not ready to release any specifics like a possible motive or whether the suspects knew the victim.
"We are still looking at leads in this case and hoping to do as thorough case as possible, making sure everyone who was involved with this is taken care of appropriately," Capt. Adamo said.
Morris's girlfriend said police told the family they may never know why he was killed. Investigators are still working to put the pieces together.
"We can't thank the public enough," Capt. Adamo said. "We go out in the streets and talk with folks, and a lot of people have called our tip line. And we did follow up and looked at leads they gave us; it's so crucial."
If you have any information that could help, you're asked to call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 392-0641, the Criminal Investigations Division at (228) 435-6112, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. You may also text your tip in anonymously by texting "CSTIP" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips are also collected online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.