Man accused of brutal assault arraigned in Ocean Springs

Man accused of brutal assault arraigned in Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The man accused of the brutal attack of a woman in September is back on the Coast and in the custody of the Ocean Springs Police Department.

Cameron May has been in Okaloosa County Jail since his arrest in Destin, Fla., just days after police say he assaulted Barbi Jalanivich at the Dominion Apartments where she worked.

On Friday, May was brought into the Municipal Courtroom in Ocean Springs without emotion. After Judge Matthew Mestayer asked he wanted to proceed with a preliminary hearing, May replied, "I want to get a second opinion."

After a few moments with his court appointed attorney, Matt Lott, May decided to hire his own attorney. A preliminary hearing was set for 7 p.m. Oct. 28, and May will remain in the custody of the Ocean Springs Police Department until that time.

No bond has been set.

The victim's father, Danny Jalanivich, plans to be at the hearing.

"God's got a calm over me that he's going to deal with the guy," Jalanivich said. "Now, he's got to deal with his hell. So, we're dealing with ours; now he's going to have to deal with his."

Jalanivich says Barbi suffered extensive injuries, but is recovering.

"She's 90 - 95 percent healed up," said Jalanivich. "She still has some jaw problems and got some teeth work that's got to be done. Then, of course, we've got the mental road we've got to deal with.… Barbi's a strong, strong woman. And she knows she's got a long road ahead of her. And she knows she's going to get through this. It's going to be tough but she's going to get through it."

How did she react to May's return?

"I think she was happy that he's back over here now," Jalanivich said, "and he's going to have to suffer the consequences of what he did."

Jalanivich's benefit golf tournament Saturday at Hickory Hills golf course in Gautier is sold out. One hundred and eighty golfers on 45 teams will compete, and Jalanivich expects to raise around $14,000.

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