Man accused of running over Moss Point woman could face death penalty

Man accused of running over Moss Point woman could face death penalty

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A Moss Point man could be facing the death penalty if he is found guilty of running over a 58-year-old Moss Point woman.

Octavius Montego Black was quiet as he was led into the courtroom Friday morning for his initial appearance. Municipal court judge Keith Miller explained the capital murder charge to Black, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Capital murder suspect Octavius Black is led into Moss Point Municipal Court for his initial appearance.
Capital murder suspect Octavius Black is led into Moss Point Municipal Court for his initial appearance. (Photo source: WLOX)

Black is accused of running over Betty Vaughans on Bellview Avenue Oct. 4 and taking off in her vehicle. According to police, the pair had a disagreement over the 2003 Cadillac Escalade before Black used the same vehicle to hit Vaughans.

“Right after this happened, we know that we had some people that we needed to talk to, and he was the No. 1 person that we were looking to speak to regarding this crime,” said Police Chief Brandon Ashley.

Police have confirmed that the two knew each other and that Vaughans had been helping Black by giving him odd jobs around the business she owned.

Black turned himself in two days later to police in Prentiss, Mississippi, which is where authorities found the stolen vehicle.

“Our detectives, our department worked tirelessly to bring a resolution to this and a very swift one,” Ashley said.

The capital murder case will now be bound over the grand jury. In the meantime, Black is being held in Jackson County Adult Detention Center with no bond.

Members of Black’s family were at the hearing, but not members of the Vaughans family.

Funeral arrangements for Betty Vaughans were also announced Friday. Her funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1028 Denny Ave in Pascagoula.

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