Authorities Make Arrest In Hancock County Murder

A Pass Christian man has been arrested in the weekend murder of a Hancock County man.

Yildirim Ali, 30, is charged with shooting 50-year-old Eugene Huffman to death at Huffman's home on 6th Street in the Bayou Phillips community.

Ali had his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon. Stunned and shaken by the media waiting to photograph him, Ali was led to a judge to face the charges against him.

Assisted by Pass Christian Police, Hancock County Sheriff's deputies arrested Ali Wednesday night at his home, three days after investigators say he shot Ronnie Huffman in the face.

"Upon our arrival, he came out to the front door," Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber said. "We advised we needed to pick him up, and basically he came without incident. It was no problem at all, and he has cooperated with the investigation."

Sheriff Garber told WLOX News that Huffman was murdered in an enclosed stairwell that led inside Huffman's home. Garber also said the men were acquaintances and some kind of altercation led to the shooting, but he stopped short of releasing a motive for the shooting.

"We can't really go into the motive. It's an ongoing investigation, and there will probably be more arrests made in this investigation. We've also recovered what we believe to be the murder weapon. It was actually recovered in a wooded area in the city of Waveland."

Sheriff Garber says it was a tough case to crack, which took investigators from Biloxi to New Orleans to solve the County's first murder case of the year.

"My investigators have been working around the clock since Sunday night when this happened. My people are worn out; they've worked long and hard, and let me tell you I'm proud of each and every one of them. They've done an excellent job."

Meanwhile, Ali is being held in the Hancock County Jail under a $1 million bond. Ali is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing June 25th in Hancock County Justice Court.

By Al Showers

Online Producer Glenn Cummins

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