Pascagoula murder suspect's case heads to grand jury

Joseph Wash
Joseph Wash

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A grand jury will decide if Joseph Wash should stand trial for murder. Wednesday, a chained and shackled Wash appeared in court to hear details of the case against him.

Wash is accused of shooting Joseph White three times at the Monaco Lake Townhomes in Pascagoula October 12.

Investigator Darren Versiga testified that several witnesses pointed to Wash as the triggerman.

"We first arrested the driver of the car, which was Joshua Liddell. He said yes, he was there and Wash did shoot Joseph White with a handgun. Then we did interview Joseph Wash's girlfriend and she also had concurred that Joseph Wash confessed to her that he had killed White," said Versiga.

Wash was captured in Jackson four days after the crime. Police said that's when he confessed, saying the mother of his 12-year-old handicapped son told him White had threatened the boy's life.

"Supposedly, Mr. White had pulled a handgun on the juvenile that was in a wheelchair. And this is what sparked this incident was this gun being pulled on a juvenile," said Versiga.

Investigator Versiga told the court none of the witnesses police interviewed remembered seeing a gun. When police questioned the boy's mother, she also had a different story.

"She denies any involvement in that whatsoever," the investigator said.

After police testimony, the judge ruled there was enough evidence against Wash. A grand jury will now decide if he'll stand trial.

Wash's case will be heard early next year. His attorney asked for a bond reduction, but that request was denied. Wash remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.

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