Bond set for fatal shooting suspect

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 23, 2017

Bond for Aritaeus Antwann Johnson was set Friday afternoon in relation to his alleged involvement in the shooting death of another man.

Poplarville Police Chief Butch Raby said Johnson’s bond was set at $70,000. The bond was not set as a cash bond, meaning he will only have to pay 10 percent of that amount to be released from jail.

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Johnson, 19, of Poplarville, was arrested Wednesday night after being identified as a suspect in the shooting death of 26-year-old David Lavell Gilmore, according to previous coverage.

The shooting took place at about 9:12 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Minute Mart in Poplarville, located at the intersection of Highway 26 and Highway 11.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said Gilmore’s cause of death was preliminarily listed as being due to a gunshot wound to the head.

Gilmore was taken to Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, where he passed away.

When officers arrived on scene, Johnson was still there, and later arrested for second-degree murder.

Raby said his investigators are still working to establish a motive for the shooting.