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Suspect accused of killing of Hancock County deputy indicted on murder, assault charges

Joseph Michael Rohrbacker, 30, is held on a charge of capital murder in connection to the Feb....
Joseph Michael Rohrbacker, 30, is held on a charge of capital murder in connection to the Feb. 1 shooting that killed Hancock County Lt. Michael Boutte.(Harrison County Adult Detention Center)
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 6:46 PM CDT
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HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The man accused of killing Lt. Michael Boutte has been indicted on three charges by the grand jury stemming from the fatal shooting.

Joseph Rohrbacker heads to court next week facing charges of capital murder and aggravated assault. Rohrbacker is accused of shooting Lt. Boutte twice after he and Deputy Braxton Manuel responded to a home on Caesar Necaise Road. Boutte died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Lt. Michael A. Boutte Sr. died in the line of the duty on Feb. 1, 2021. He was 57 years old.
Lt. Michael A. Boutte Sr. died in the line of the duty on Feb. 1, 2021. He was 57 years old.(Hancock County Sheriff's Dept.)

Rohrbacker will also face charges for shooting at Deputy Manuel and a victim present at the residence.

If convicted of capital murder, Rohrbacker could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

His arraignment is set for Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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