Bay St. Louis murder victim was shot outside his mother’s home

One person was killed in Algiers near the Behrman area overnight on Oct. 1.
One person was killed in Algiers near the Behrman area overnight on Oct. 1.(NOPD)
Updated: Oct. 23, 2020 at 6:23 AM CDT
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BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WLOX) - A man shot and killed on Keller Street Thursday night was found by his mother just outside her home. Sharon Dorsey said she heard the shots that took the life of her son, Trellis Burnett.

According to Police Chief Gary Ponthieux, officers responded to a call about a shooting at 11:21 p.m. in the 300 block of Keller Street. A witness reported numerous shots being fired into an occupied vehicle.

When the officers arrived, they found 30-year-old Trellis Burnett of Bay St. Louis suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

No information has been released at this time about a suspect. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bay St. Louis Police Department at (228) 467-9222. Anonymous tips can also be made to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers online or by calling (877) 787-5898.

Burnett’s mother said he was on his way home from the airport Thursday night when he parked in front of her house on Keller Street, but he never made it inside.

“I heard the shots. I found my son outside with a bullet hole in his head,” Dorsey said.

When asked why someone would target her son, Dorsey said she can’t say for certain, but wonders if it may be connected to another case.

“There is an ongoing feud stemming from the murder in Gulfport of Delfred Lewis,” she said, noting, “My son was shot at, too” during that incident.

Lewis died in the spring of 2019. Tony Alexander Williams, 29, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in connection to the death of Lewis.

Burnett’s mom said she’s very aware of her son’s past issues.

“I ain’t saying he was an angel,” she said.

Her son spent eight years in prison for a 2010 robbery, but she’s adamant he turned his life around.

“I don’t care what he did in the past, he had straightened up his life,” she said. “He had changed his whole life.”

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