PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A judge on Tuesday deemed Dexter Kelley a danger to the community, and denied the Vancleave man bond. Instead, Kelley will remain in jail charged with the murder of his cousin, Cliff Allyn.
Kelley, 19, made his initial court appearance in Jackson County on Tuesday morning. Allyn, 16, was found beaten to death Thursday, a day after he was reported missing from his grandmother's Vancleave home. His body was discovered in the woods near the home just off Nanny Road.
Sheriff's investigators have not released a possible motive.
A few family members arrived to the courthouse after the short hearing, too late to see Kelley before he was taken back to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. Janel Forte was in the courtroom and will have reaction from the family later today on WLOX News.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call Sergeant Lisa Edwards at (228) 471-1224.
If convicted of First Degree Murder, Kelley faces life in prison.