Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harrison Supervisor indicted, commits suicide.

Credit: Sun-Herald. Martin home.
 UPDATE: Sources say Martin was found dead at home. Damn. Video interview of coroner posted below.  Coroner said he shot himself with a handgun in the "early-morning" hours.  He also said a note was found. 

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.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harrison County Supervisor William Martin

Anonymous said...

Is this our "other shoe", Kingfish?

Anonymous said...

MANHUNT

There's now an arrest warrant out for Harrison County Supervisor William Martin, after he failed to show up at a scheduled 8am meeting with a probation officer.

Anonymous said...

BE ON THE LOOKOUT

GULFPORT -- U.S. Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo has issued a warrant for the arrest of Harrison County Supervisor William Martin.

The charges Martin faces are two counts of bribery and a count of obstruction of justice.

Anonymous said...

Wait, but I though all the posters on the teaser said it was Bennie.

Anonymous said...

low hanging fruit, they need to reach higher

Anonymous said...

Coroner answering a call at William Martin's home

Anonymous said...

WLOX Live streaming

Anonymous said...

One of many shoes that were going to fall.

The bribery indictment covered two time periods - one old (2004-2012) and the other during the time immediately preceding Epps indictment.

Guess this scumbag will not be taking up the court's time and jail space. But my bet is that there will be others still to come.

Put it In One Post said...

WLBT said the warrant was only for skipping an appointment with his probation officer.

Anonymous said...

Where's the connection to Epps, JJ?

Anonymous said...

when there's something bigger than reported, eventually someone ends up dead.
dead men tell no tales

exjxnres said...

I wonder how long it will take them to get around to Hinds County?

Anonymous said...

"Found Dead" does not necessarily mean suicide. Maybe no one wanted him to talk.

Kingfish said...

WLBT was wrong.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe no one wanted him to talk."

My thought too. We *are* talking about the coast ....

Anonymous said...

I hope Coroner looks closely. Could have been staged as suicide.

Willard's Goose said...

As noted above at 11:42, this is what WLBT said at noon:

"There's now an arrest warrant out for Harrison County Supervisor William Martin, after he failed to show up at a scheduled 8am meeting with a probation officer."

Hmmm, Maybe said...

Ain't got Jack-Shit to do with Epps. The conspiratorialists are always just at the edge of the woodwork. Could this be related to Ed Cates' disappearance?

Anonymous said...

You folks watch too many cop shows...

"someone did want him to talk"

"staged as a suicide"

Anonymous said...

News reporting the qualifying deadline for Martin's supervisor seat is tomorrow. Two candidates have filed this afternoon to be on the ballot. Martin was running unopposed.

Anonymous said...

3:45. Keep on believing - and watch out for those black helicopters,

I'll bet all you want to that this had everything to do with Epps.

And double down that it was a suicide.

Kingfish said...

Stay tuned. Should have something else on this tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Was this person an lawyer?

Don't Let Me Down said...

I'm still staying tuned for the heads you gave us about a female being involved and more news to come today. Today has passed.

Anonymous said...

William Martin was a lawyer and once worked in the local DAs office. Something is going on that is much bigger than what is known from HCBOS Kim Savant guilty plea.

Anonymous said...

Herd something about a get of jail for a fee system.

Goot said...

Your hintful post is exceeded only by your inability to constuct a sentence. 'get of jail'?

Anonymous said...

This is some darn good reporting KF!
A Peabody award in your future? Mississippi got dang!

Kingfish said...

The "other shoe" I mentioned earlier was his indictment and arraignment.

I've got something going up in the morning that I think you guys will be interested in reading.

Sparkplug said...

Is Alan Lange already writing the book?

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this person an lawyer?"
February 26, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Please tell me this was a parody post!

Anonymous said...

The fact that he was shot in the chest makes me suspicious. Like so many things, we'll never know because it will be quickly closed.

Kanjorski said...

This will save thousands in prosecutorial costs and housing him for the rest of his life.

Willard's said...

Areas of body most frequently targeted for gun suicides. (1) head (2) chest.

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