Biloxi murder suspect released from jail and awaiting new trial

Biloxi murder suspect released from jail and awaiting new trial

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A man convicted of murder in Biloxi back in 2011 was released from the Harrison County Jail on Thursday. This summer, the Mississippi Supreme Court called for a new trial for 68-year-old Harvill Richardson.

Richardson was convicted of shooting and killing Rudy Quilon, while Quilon was staying at his home.

Richardson's attorney, Michael Crosby, appealed the murder conviction. Court documents show Crosby argued that the original court refused to allow evidence to be entered in the trial that allegedly showed Quilon had a violent history and had made threats against Richardson and his family.

Crosby says that evidence would have supported a self-defense argument.

In June, the state Supreme Court agreed and called for a new trial. We're told the attorney general's office asked for a reconsideration of the opinion.

Last week, justices said the opinion would stand. Thursday, the state granted a $100,000 bond to Richardson.

Crosby says it will likely be a few months before the new trial begins.

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