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New details released in the murder of a Gulfport woman

Joshua Anthony Peterman (Photo source: GPD) Joshua Anthony Peterman (Photo source: GPD)
Kari Michelle Parker (Photo source: WLOX News) Kari Michelle Parker (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Charged with murder in connection with the death of 29-year-old Gulfport woman Tena Marie Broadus, Joshua Anthony Peterman and Kari Michelle Parker both waived their initial hearings on Wednesday in the Harrison County jail courtroom.

Broadus was reported missing by her family on September 25. Her skeletal remains were found by Gulfport police on October 7 in the Biloxi River.

Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox told WLOX that Peterman believed Broadus was going to turn him into police on a misdemeanor charge. Peterman was convicted of burglary in 2008 and was out on parole at the time of Broadus' murder.

Cox says investigators believe that after Broadus was killed, her body was put into a plastic container, then taken to O'Neal Road in Gulfport where her remains were set on fire and dumped in the Biloxi River.

According to investigators, Broadus was last seen with Peterman on September 17. They believe Peterman held the victim captive at his Gulfport home and with the help of Parker killed Broadus.

Two others are charged with accessory after the fact and have bonded out.

Bond for Peterman is set at $1 Million, while Parker is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Investigators are waiting on evidence results from the crime lab to come back before a grand jury date can be scheduled.

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