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Suspect in Waffle House shooting asks if death penalty possible

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1st court appearance in shooting over Waffle House smoking.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A 45-year-old Biloxi man accused in the shooting death of a Waffle House server after she told him not to smoke made his first court appearance and asked about the death penalty. Picture: Biloxi Police Department Johnny Mount pulled a 9mm pistol from his shirt and shot 52-year-old mother of two Julie Brightwell who worked at a smoke-free Waffle House in the coastal city of Biloxi in Mississippi.

Mount, 45, a former fireman, had lit a cigarette when Brightwell, who had worked at the restaurant for eight years, went over and told him to put it out about 1am Friday. “I just don’t understand why somebody would be so upset over a cigarette,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. “Some stuff like this just defeats logic.” “I was just in shock when I found out,” he said. “It gave me the chills. It’s just a weird feeling to think we might have been her last customers.” “Julie was a friend to many as well as a valued member of the Waffle House team. From the Herald: Fire Chief Joe Boney said Friday he had been a good employee, but that he hadn’t kept up with Mount since he left shortly after his accident in 2002. “I don’t know what would happen to push him to that,” Boney said. “It’s just one of those things that is incomprehensible to me.

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