Gulfport homicide victim identified, suspect in custody - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gulfport homicide victim identified, suspect in custody

Police have put up crime scene tape at an apartment complex on Lindh Rd. (Photo source: WLOX) Police have put up crime scene tape at an apartment complex on Lindh Rd. (Photo source: WLOX)
Police say Bryant hit the victim with an unknown object. (Photo source: GPD) Police say Bryant hit the victim with an unknown object. (Photo source: GPD)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Officials confirm that a suspicious death investigation in Gulfport is now a homicide investigation. 

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove confirms that Kari Whitley, 43, of Gulfport was found dead at Legacy Gulf Pointe Apartments Wednesday afternoon.

Whitely's husband, 48-year-old William Douglas Bryant, was arrested on the scene and charged with murder. Police say he used an unknown object to hit the victim. 

A cause of death is pending an autopsy.

A day following the discovery, WLOX News Now learned that Bryant has a history of domestic violence. According to jail records, Bryant served five days in jail for simple domestic assault on Christmas Eve of 2015.

He makes his initial appearance in court on May 5. 

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959, or Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

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