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Bond set for man accused of killing retiree while posing as officer

Christopher May (Photo source: WLOX) Christopher May (Photo source: WLOX)
“The white Crown Vic had blue lights set up in the grill to look like a law enforcement vehicle,” Grannan said. (Photo source: WLOX) “The white Crown Vic had blue lights set up in the grill to look like a law enforcement vehicle,” Grannan said. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Bond has been set for the New Orleans man accused of robbing and killing a 68-year-old retiree in Hancock County’s Lakeshore community early Wednesday morning.

Christopher May, 36, is charged with capital murder, armed robbery, and impersonating a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $ 1,110,000 during an initial court appearance Thursday.

May is accused of using a white Ford Crown Victoria set up with lights to look like a law enforcement vehicle to pull over Clifford Burke as he towed his boat to a launch just before sunrise.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said May shot Burke one time before the retiree handed over his wallet. May then fired a second shot before leaving the scene, investigators said.

According to Grannan, the second shot was almost like an execution.

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Chief Deputy Don Bass said Burke was able to flag down a motorist for help. One the way to the hospital, Burke reportedly told the person who helped him he had been robbed and described the suspect’s vehicle.

Burke, of Waveland, died Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Before Burke died, Grannan said he was able to describe the suspect and vehicle to a responding deputy.

Detectives were able to track down the Crown Victoria, but they are still looking for the murder weapon. Investigators believe the small caliber handgun may have been thrown in the water.

“We believe it’s in the water. No reason not to believe that,” Grannan said. “We’ve got a lot of water to search.”

According to Grannan, Burke and May did not know each other, and this appears to be a tragic, random act of violence.

Burke's uncle, Glen Strong, said Burke has a number of brothers and sisters scattered across the country, and they will be coming to Mississippi in the next few days.

“All he does is fish. He fished every day. He was just enjoying life. He was really enjoying his retirement fishing full time,” said Strong.

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