UPDATE: Man indicted for 2016 double murder in Bay St. Louis
By Echo staff
Nov 3, 2017, 23:46
Christina Quintini and Demetrius Mueller.
A Hancock County Grand Jury on Thursday issued a four-count indictment against Myrick Laneaux in connection with the murders of Christina Quintini and Norris Demetrius "Demet" Mueller and the shooting of six-month-old Mia Mueller last July in Bay St. Louis.
The indictments includes, two counts of first degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and taking possession of a motor vehicle.
The Bay St. Louis Police received a report of two dead bodies at the Bay Pines housing complex at about 6:48 p.m. on July 30, 2016.
When police investigators entered the home, who said he noticed a body later identified as Mueller's lying near the back door; and a body later identified as Quintini's in the bedroom.
A Bay St. Louis police detective testified during a preliminary hearing last year that he saw several blood-stained towels in the couple's bathroom. The towels had been used to wrap the baby, who had also been shot, but survived.
Neighbors had reportedly heard gunshots in the area at about 10 a.m. on the morning of the murders, officials said.
Police and crime scene units scoured the home, but they did not find a gun, nor did they find any shell casings, but a single shell-casing from a .380 automatic pistol was found later when a cleaning unit discovered it between the carpet and baseboard near where Mueller's body was discovered, officials said.
An autopsy later revealed that both Quintini and Mueller were shot with .380 caliber bullets.
Police identified Laneaux as a suspect, in part, because of a missing vehicle that belonged to a member of Quintini's family.
Police then began getting tips from the public which ultimately led to Laneaux's arrest.
One witness told police that Laneaux came to her home in Gulfport and that he was "frantic," according to testimony at the preliminary hearing.
Laneaux reportedly told the woman "I shot and Christina, I didn't mean to do it. I didn't meant to do it. It was all an accident'."
Laneaux was arrested a few days after the murders. Since then, few additional details have emerged.
The case was presented to the grand jury this week, which returned the four-count indictment.
An indictment is not a verdict of guilt, but rather a finding of probable cause to allow the case to continue for trial. Laneaux will next have an arraignment hearing in Hancock County Circuit Court. No hearing date has been set.
Laneaux remains in custody at the Hancock County Jail under a $2 million bond.