Update: Double Murder in Bay – parents killed, child wounded
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 2, 2016, 18:44
Kristina Quintini and Demetrius "Demet" Mueller in happier times. Both of them were shot to death Saturday at their Bay St. Louis apartment.
Kristina Quintini and Demetrius Mueller’s six-month-old daughter, Mia, was shot in the should Saturday. Police aren’t sure yet if she was intentionally shot or hit by a stray bullet. She is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.
A double murder Saturday at the Bay Pines housing complex in Bay St. Louis has shocked the community this week, leaving family and friends searching for answers and police searching for clues and suspects.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Saturday that his department received a "welfare concern" call at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bay Pines.
When officers went inside the home, they found the bodies of Norris Demetrius "Demet" Mueller, 29, and Kristina Quintini, 28.
The bodies were apparently discovered in different rooms, officials said. In addition, officers found the couple's six-month-old child, Mia Mueller, still alive, officials said.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Tuesday that preliminary autopsy results show that Mueller had been shot one time in the head. Quintini was shot "several times," he said.
Mia had apparently been struck by a bullet in the shoulder. It is unclear if the child was intentionally shot or struck by a stray bullet.
Faulk said he believes the baby may have been in Quintini's arms when she was shot.
After the discovery of the bodies on Saturday, police quarantined the home and surrounding area. A large crowd began to surround the crime scene with curious onlookers and concerned neighbors.
A Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene unit was dispatched to the scene to do a forensic evaluation of the home.
The home, a townhouse on Louis Piernas Lane, had an apparent bullet hole through the front window.
There did not, however, appear to be any forced entry into the residence.
Police kept the home locked and under guard until Tuesday.
De Nardo said investigators have questioned more than a dozen people and taken statements from many more. Police are also sifting through phone records to attempt to determine a timeline of events, officials said.
Quintini and Mueller had apparently not been heard from for several hours before their bodies were discovered.
One arrest has been made:
Police on Sunday made the first arrest in the case, but it remains unclear how it is connected.
According to De Nardo, a car belonging to Quintini's mother was discovered Sunday in the possession of Myrick Laneaux, 27, of Bay St. Louis.
Laneaux was arrested without incident and charged with taking possession of a motor vehicle, a felony.
It was not immediately clear how Laneaux gained possession of the vehicle.
De Nardo said he could neither confirm nor deny if Laneaux is a suspect in the murder.
"The only thing we have right now is that Mr. Laneaux has been charged with taking possession of a vehicle," De Nardo said. "Nobody has been charged with murder."
Laneaux has an extensive arrest record, including arrests for strong- armed robbery and armed robbery in Bay St. Louis in 2006 and 2007, but he was not convicted. In both cases, records show, the alleged victim in the cases had withdrawn the affidavit in the case. Laneaux also has been arrested in North Carolina several times.
Family and friends in mourning:
Family and friends of both Quintini and Mueller have said this week that they are shocked and heartbroken over the murders.
Mueller and Quintini had dated for several years and Mia was their child, friends said. Both had children from previous relationships.
Mueller was described as being "charismatic, funny, and smart."
"He was a loving father, who would go above and beyond for his children," friend Robin Redler said Tuesday.
Mueller was a Waveland native, who had previously lived in Catahoula and Bay St. Louis.
Despite a few brushes with the law, friends said he was a good guy and was trying to live a better life of late.
In 2010, Mueller was arrested in connection with a shooting in Catahoula, but never convicted.
"He had his demons, which was a constant battle, but he loved God and his family," Redler said. "He turned his life around and was determined to give his children a good life."
Quintini was a native of Bay St. Louis and a 2006 graduate of Bay High.
She was a member of the Bay High Steppers and later a Dixie Darling at Southern Miss.
"She was a beautiful person and one of the best people you could ever meet," friend Leighanne Lockhart said.
Dartanion Trivillion, another college friend, said Quintini was "beloved."
"Everyone admired Kristina," he said. "She stood out. She was very friendly, outgoing, and a joy to be around."
In recent years, Kristina had worked at several local restaurants.
"She was a hard-working mother who was admired by everyone," one friend who asked not to be identified said. "This is so tragic. It's hard to believe that we lost such a wonderful and loving person."
Tragically, Quintini's father, brother, and cousin all previously died in unrelated gun violence incidents.
Mia was taken to the hospital Saturday evening and later transported to Children's Hospital in New Orleans, De Nardo said. She went through surgery to have the bullet removed from her shoulder, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
She was listed in stable condition at press time Tuesday.
Friends and family have been rallying to support Mia and the families.
Both families have set up gofundme pages, under Kristina Quintini and Norris Mueller, respectively.
In addition, Identity Vintage shop on Main Street in Bay St. Louis will be collecting donations of clothing and diapers for Mia.
Quintini worked at the Knock Knock Lounge, where a fund-raising barbecue will be held Sunday on her behalf. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
De Nardo said anyone who may have information in the case can call Hancock County Central dispatch at 228-255-9191 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.