Second brother of Darian Atkinson makes initial appearance in shooting death of Officer Robert McKeithen

Second brother of Darian Atkinson makes initial appearance in shooting death of Officer Robert McKeithen
Gulfport police arrested 20-year-old Wanya Toquest Atkinson of Ocean Springs Wednesday. Atkinson is being charged with accessory after the fact. (Source: Harrison County Adult Detention Center)

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - New details have emerged after Wanya Toquest Atkinson made his initial appearance in court Friday in relation to the death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.

Wanya Atkinson is facing a charge of accessory after the fact and is accused of helping his brother Darian Atkinson, who is held on a charge of capital murder.

Darian Atkinson, 19, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer.
Darian Atkinson, 19, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer.

According to Gulfport Police Detective Clayton Fulks and Investigator M. Y. Carbine, Wanya helped Darian get a change of clothing in an effort to avoid arrest. Wanya is also accused of withholding details as to the location of evidence related to the offense.

Aside from Darian and Wanya Atkinson, four other suspects have also been arrested in the investigation. Among them is Darian’s other brother, 21-year-old Davian Atkinson. Police said Davian helped Darian after the murder by giving him access to a cell phone and a vehicle to help evade police.

All four suspects are charged with accessory after the fact in the capital murder of Biloxi Officer Robert McKeithen. They are from top left: Andre Sullivan; Joshua Kovach; Dalentaz Brice, and the murder suspect's brother Davian Atkinson.
All four suspects are charged with accessory after the fact in the capital murder of Biloxi Officer Robert McKeithen. They are from top left: Andre Sullivan; Joshua Kovach; Dalentaz Brice, and the murder suspect's brother Davian Atkinson. (Source: Photo Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)

Andre Anderson Sullivan Jr., Joshua Michael Kovach and Dalentez Latavian Brice are also charged with accessory after the fact. Authorities say they provided clothing to Darian after the murder.

Darian Atkinson is not expected to go back before a judge until June 18 for his preliminary hearing. However, the other four suspects could have their preliminary hearings in the next few weeks.

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