Local man murdered in Gulfport
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 1, 2013, 19:12
A Waveland native was allegedly beaten to death Monday evening at a home for disabled adults in Gulfport, authorities said Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Larry Johnson, 50, was found badly beaten and unconscious Monday evening after an altercation at a residence on Robinson Road.
Johnson died Tuesday as a result of his injuries and a suspect, Johnny Otis Owens III, 40, was charged with subsequently charged with murder.
Johnson, who lived most of his life in Waveland, had been staying at a home for disabled people on Robinson Road in Gulfport, family members said Thursday.
In May 1996, Johnson was struck by a freight train in Waveland and caused him to be partially disabled, Johnson's cousin Clarence "Zeke" Hall said Thursday.
After a stay at Hotel Reed, Johnson moved to the home in Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina.
Otis was also a resident of the home, authorities said. The two men apparently had an altercation Monday evening and Johnson "suffered massive head trauma" as a result, the press release said.
Otis was booked at the Harrison County Jail and is being held under a $1 million bond, officials said.
Hall said Johnson's death is a "devastating" blow to the family.
"Larry suffered so much in his life and to have his life end at the hands of another man is really hard to take," Hall said. "Larry was never a violent guy. He was always friendly and never talked bad about anyone. It just does not make any sense."
Hall described Johnson as a "humble" man who enjoyed music and was always willing to help others.
"Larry was a good guy, plain and simple," he said.