Murder suspect indicted

Published 11:43 pm Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A 31-year-old Hancock County man charged in his wife’s death has been indicted for murder.

Leo Laurent is charged with killing his wife, 29-year-old Brandi Hawkins Laurent. Her body was found partially buried in a rural field outside Kiln.

Laurent had allegedly told Hancock County deputies his wife disappeared without a trace from their home in the Fenton community after the two argued. On Nov. 10, 2007, her body was found by horseback searchers at a crude grave site about a mile from their home.

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Laurent was arrested in the case last January and was sentenced last month to five years probation in an unrelated embezzlement case in Pearl River County. He remains in custody.

No date has been set for the murder trial.