Edward Winnicki (Photo source: Waveland Police Dept.)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -
Less than three days after discovering a body in a shed, Waveland
Police have arrested and charged another homeless man with murder. Both
men, the suspect and victim, were well known to many in the community.
Authorities said David Bourgeois was stabbed more than ten times, but those wounds were not what killed him.
"The official cause of death was asphyxiation by a foreign object being shoved in his throat," said Investigator Matt Sekinger with the Waveland Police Department.
wouldn't say what that object was, but have charged Edward Winnicki
with Bourgeois' death. Winnicki lived in the shed next door to the one
Bourgeois had made his home.
"He was in-fact on the scene the
night the body was discovered and was arrested for unrelated charges.
Our investigation lead us to him. When I sat down to talk to him, I
received a confession from him, " explained Sekinger.
the two knew each other well and had an on-again/off-again friendship
over the years. They did not release a motive. But did say Bourgeois was
killed four to five days before his body was found on Christmas Day.
society today, it's easy to write off two homeless people. I look at
this as a very sad situation. Yes, both people are homeless, but in my
opinion, they are both fixtures in the community. Everybody knew who
David Bourgeois and Edward Winnicki were. You might not have known their
names, but you've passed them on the streets. You knew those faces.
Unfortunately, that's not going to be anymore," said the investigator.
News had interviewed both homeless men in the past. In 2010 Winnicki, a
Vietnam veteran, admitted he often ate out of local restaurants'
dumpsters. Many kind hearted residents would often take food and warm
clothing to both men.
Winnicki is in the Hancock County Jail
being held on a $1 million bond. His preliminary hearing date will be
January 9, 2014 in Waveland City Court.
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