Moss Point teens charged with capital murder appear in court

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Shouting profanities and proclaiming their innocence, Darwin Wells, Jr., Telvin Benjamin, Terry Hye, and Alonzo Kelly left their first court appearance on a capital murder charge.

Moss Point Police say they have evidence that links each teen to the murder of Michael David Porter, who was shot to death at the Conoco Gas Station on Hwy 63.

"They all participated. They plotted this before the fact, and they participated together. They assisted one another after the crime was committed.  They could face the death penalty, or if not, they will spend the rest of their lives in jail," officer Terrance Gray said.

Officer Gray also said the teenagers are no strangers to trouble.

"A couple of them were named in armed robberies, narcotics violations, and just being a menace.  They were just harassing people at that same store, and putting people in fear of their life by jumping on them. They are just a violent group of kids."

But these kids are charged as adults, with no chance of posting bond.

"It is sad to see, but they chose to take the wrong path in life."

The teenagers will face the judge again during a preliminary hearing on December 9th.