Man accused of Waffle House murder arraigned in Biloxi

Man accused of Waffle House murder arraigned in Biloxi
Several friends of the victim, Julie Brightwell, attended Monday's court proceedings. (Photo source: WLOX)
Several friends of the victim, Julie Brightwell, attended Monday's court proceedings. (Photo source: WLOX)
Attorney Jim Davis with his client and murder suspect, Johnny Mount. A trial date is set for February 13, 2017. (Photo source: WLOX)
Attorney Jim Davis with his client and murder suspect, Johnny Mount. A trial date is set for February 13, 2017. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The man accused of shooting Julie Brightwell in Biloxi is one step closer to trial. It has been seven months since Brightwell was shot to death while working as a waitress at a Waffle House. The suspected shooter, Johnny Mount, was arraigned Monday morning. Mount's plea was not guilty.

All eyes were on Mount as he was wheeled into the Circuit Court in Biloxi. He joined his attorney, Jim Davis, at the podium to face the judge for his arraignment. All the while, friends of the late Julie Brightwell looked on.

Brightwell was gunned down while at work at a Biloxi Waffle House in November. Mount was charged with her murder.

Judge Lisa Dodson tried to set a trial date for this November, a year after Brightwell's death. But attorney Davis requested a later date.

"Judge, I just now started collecting records on Mr. Mount. He does have a history that does take some time to get everything acquired," said Davis in his request.

Judge Dodson agreed and set the trial date in February.

"Alright, so Mr. Mount, your trial will be February the 13th. That should give you and your attorney plenty of time to get together whatever it is that he needs and for him to meet with you to be prepared for this case. Do you understand?" said Dodson.

After a nod from Mount, he was wheeled back out of the courtroom to await trial. Attorney Jim Davis told WLOX News Now that Mount's not guilty plea is due to his competency in the case.

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