|Credit: Sun-Herald. Martin home.|
Original post: Harrison County Supervisor William Martin was supposed to be arraigned at 11:00 this morning in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Law enforcement sources told JJ his indictment is related to the Chris Epps scandal. However, he failed to appear in court and is now the subject of a search.
Update: The Sun-Herald just reported:
Authorities found Harrison County Supervisor William Martin, indicted today on federal bribery and obstruction of justice charges, dead at his home about 90 minutes after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove confirmed the death, saying it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Martin left a note and the approximate time of death was the early morning hours, Hargrove said.
He was found in his bedroom, Hargrove said.
"He was a friend, boss and you couldn't find a better man," said Byron Johnson, who works in the county's road department. "I loved that dude. Nobody ever did more for the black community than William Martin."
Martin was supposed to be in touch with federal court officials Thursday morning, but he did not show up. Then U.S. Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo issued a warrant for his arrest about 11:15 a.m. Rest of article.
The indictment is posted below.