UPDATE: Biloxi man arrested hours before ‘gruesome and brutal’ murder in Woolmarket
BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The man charged with the gruesome knife murder of a neighbor Tuesday was arrested on an old warrant just hours before the crime.
Biloxi Police Major Chris DeBack confirmed an officer made contact with Clint Barrett Brower,41, about noon on Tuesday as Brower was walking on Popp’s Ferry Rd. He had an outstanding warrant on a 2018 disorderly conduct arrest. The warrant was issued after Brower either failed to make a court appearance or pay a fine.
DeBack said while in custody Brower had “a calm demeanor.” Brower saw a judge Tuesday afternoon and was released on ‘OR’ bond, meaning Brower did not have to post a bond to be released. DeBack said that can only happen if a defendant has a residence, a job and is not violent or disorderly.
Brower did not have a ride home, so a Biloxi police officer drove Brower back to the Mazalea Travel Park, according to DeBack.
“He never indicated he would harm himself or anyone else,” DeBack said.
Brower is now behind bars and has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Micah Harrington.
Harrington’s body was found Tuesday afternoon outside the laundromat at the Mazalea Travel Park on Oaklawn Road in the Biloxi’s Woolmarket area.
Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer described it as a “gruesome and brutal” murder, saying Harrington was stabbed multiple times and partially dismembered in the attack.
Residents of the RV park described the scene as “horrific."
“It’s a blood bath in there, literally," said one man who lives in the park. "A lot of women like to walk around at night, you know, walk their dogs and stuff, that’s not going to happen anymore.”
Another resident, Amanda Crittenden, was also shaken up by the tragic event.
“It’s really scary. I never thought something like that would happen over here, it’s always been a really nice place with friendly people," said Crittenden.
Both Harrington and Brower were residents of the park, but it’s unclear if the two knew each other, or what led up to the stabbing.
Wednesday, police returned to the park to continue their investigation, combing through Brower’s RV.
“There’s certain details of the case to protect the integrity of the investigation that I can’t release. But certainly, a motive, as well as additional evidence and witness statements is what we’re looking for," said Major Chris Deback with the Biloxi Police Department.
The terrifying attack still has residents in shock.
“I’m still scared to go to the laundry room and take a shower now. And we’re scared to walk the dog. It’s been real frightening," said Crittenden.
“It’s a very good community, it’s quiet. We don’t traditionally get a lot of calls out here. People we have talked to are shaken up even if they didn’t witness anything," said DeBack.
Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
“Anyone that may have seen, heard or even knew the suspect or witness prior to the incident, that might have information that helps in the investigation, it’s of utmost importance to give us a call," said DeBack.
And as police search for answers, residents left with one big question: why?
“I’m wondering what led him to do something like this. It’s just really sick," said Crittenden.
Clint Brower is charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $2 million bond.
Brower is being held at Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $2 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.
If you have any information regarding this event, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you contact them at (228) 435-6112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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