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Waffle House waitress murder case bound over to grand jury

Johnny Max Mount (Photo source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Johnny Max Mount (Photo source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Johnny Max Mount, the man accused of gunning down a Biloxi Waffle House waitress after she asked him to put out a cigarette on Nov. 27, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday. Now the case will be bound over to a grand jury.

Mount, 45, is charged with first degree murder. He has remained behind bars at the Harrison County jail on a $2 million bond since his arrest.

Mount, a former Biloxi firefighter, is accused of shooting Julie Brightwell in the head after she argued with him about smoking in the Waffle House restaurant on Highway 90 near the Coast Coliseum.

According to investigators, Mount shot Brightwell with a 9 mm handgun, which he pulled out from under his shirt.

Brightwell, 52, was taken to Merit Health Biloxi where she died from the gunshot wound. Mount was still at the restaurant when police arrived and he was arrested without incident.

We now know there were 10 people in the restaurant, including Brightwell, when the shooting happened. Prosecuting attorney Herman Cox said surveillance video from that morning shows the shooting was no accident.

"The video was very clear and graphic that the defendant had the deliberate design and intent to kill the victim," said Cox.

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