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Murder weapon hasn't been found in death of Biloxi man

Donta Lashawn Banks (Source: Family photos) Donta Lashawn Banks (Source: Family photos)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Investigators are still looking for the gun that killed Donta Banks. The Biloxi man was shot in the head and his body discovered Tuesday along a dirt road in the St. Andrew community. 

Hubert Patrick Anderson and Rita Olivia Johnston face capital murder charges in the case. The two were arrested Tuesday night in Biloxi after authorities say they led police on a chase and crashed the victim's stolen SUV into a house.

Friday, Johnston faced a Jackson County judge for the first time since her arrest and was told no bail would be set since she is charged with capital murder. Anderson is being held without bond in the Harrison County jail until his initial appearance next week, when it's expected he will then be transferred to Jackson County.

Though investigators have not recovered the weapon used to kill Banks, they are still processing evidence recovered from several locations. Jackson County detective Jeff Smith said Banks and Anderson "had known each other for at least the the last few months," but it's unclear if Banks and Johnston had met.

A Jackson County sheriff's deputy discovered Banks' body Tuesday morning while patrolling the area near Cook Street. After authorities identified Banks and talked to family, they learned Banks had just received a tax refund of about $5,000, and spent $3,000 of it on a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica SUV.

A few hours later, the SUV was spotted by Biloxi police. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled and eventually crashed the SUV into a house in Lackland Drive in the Sunkist neighborhood. Johnston was arrested at the crash site. Anderson was arrested a short distance away hiding under a carport on Popp's Ferry Rd. Click here to watch video of the tense moments leading to that capture.

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