Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara told WLOX News that deputies are following up on a number of tips trying to locate Mark Kee Brown, who has been the focus of a manhunt in the past after breaking out of the very same jail.
An assistant district attorney said prosecutors planned to be in court Monday morning setting a trial date for the capital murder case of Mark Kee Brown. Instead, Beth McFadyen had to tell a father that the man accused of killing his son had escaped from jail.
Records show Mark Kee Brown has a criminal history that goes back more than a decade. In 1996, a then 21-year-old Brown pleaded guilty to burglary, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and grand larceny. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended.
Officials say Brown was released in 2000, soon to be arrested again for possession of a controlled substance among other charges. He wouldn't stay in jail long.
In April 2000, Mark Kee Brown escaped from the Harrison County jail along with four other inmates. Police said they cut through a second floor window. Brown was at large for 18 days before being captured at a hotel on Highway 90 in Gulfport.
Officials say Brown did five more years for the possession charge and for the escape before he was released in 2005. That same year Larry Turner of D'Iberville was shot to death in what police called a botched robbery.
McFadyen said, "It looked as though it had been just a number of months from his last release from prison until the date of this crime that occurred in D'Iberville."
McFadyen says two other people were charged along with Brown in the murder of Larry Turner in 2005. One pleaded guilty. The other was convicted in November. She said in a capital murder case every defendant must be tried separately.