Man, 34, charged with murder of Gulfport woman, 52

Man, 34, charged with murder of Gulfport woman, 52

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was found strangled to death in her 11th St. apartment nearly two weeks ago.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said 52-year-old Tammy Brown was found in her apartment March 2. Gulfport police announced Willie Cenalas, 34, was arrested and charged with her murder Tuesday.

Lt. Matt Thomas said the two were "familiar acquaintances," but investigators have not yet determined a motive for the killing.

Thomas said the reason the police department delayed reporting the crime to the public was to ensure an arrest, and investigators believed there was no immediate danger to the community.

Cenalas' bond has been set at $2 million.

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