GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Efforts are underway at the state level to get capital murder suspect D'Juan Holloway back to Gulfport. It's been 15 months since police say Holloway shot Gulfport teenager Ray Howze at a convenience store then took off in Howze's car. Holloway was eventually arrested in New Mexico. But he's still behind bars there right now.
After months of working with the New Mexico Department of Public Records, WLOX News Now is getting our first look at what actually happened leading to Holloway's arrest three states over and why it's been so long and he's still not in Mississippi.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said surveillance video led investigators to identifying Holloway as the shooter. That's when detectives put out a BOLO for Holloway. They started tracking the victim's cell phone which was still in the car that Holloway took off in.
911 recordings detail a Gulfport detective working with a police dispatcher in New Mexico tracking Holloway's every move through cell phone pings.
According to a freedom of information request submitted by WLOX News Now, Holloway refused to stop when when police attempted to pull him over. He then reportedly led police on a high speed chase up to 110 miles per hour while shooting out of his car window at officers.
Law enforcement used spike strips to stop Holloway but he continued driving into oncoming traffic on I-10 until coming to a complete stop. That's when dashboard and body cameras captured a shootout between Holloway and law enforcement. Holloway was shot several times in his side and arm. He was taken to a nearby hospital for a few days then was taken to a jail in New Mexico where he remains now.
Harrison County Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker told WLOX News Now his office asked New Mexico authorities to hand Holloway over since he faces more severe charges here, but was denied. Then the district attorney's office tried to have Holloway extradited to Mississippi, but he refused extradition. Parker says they are now getting a governor's extradition warrant to get Holloway back in Gulfport. Parker hopes that will happen within the next few weeks.
WLOX News Now reached out to Ray Howze's aunt and former guardian, Angela Bass Ellis. Here's her emotional, and heartfelt response to her nephew's death and where the investigation stands today.