Arrest made in murder of homeless man found on Christmas day
By By Dwayne Bremer Staff Writer
Dec 29, 2013, 11:04
A homeless man was charged Friday with the murder of another homeless man whose body was discovered in an abandoned shack in Waveland on Christmas evening.
Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Friday that Edward "Nick" Winnicki Jr., 63, was charged with the murder of David J. Bourgeois, 58.
On Wednesday, police were notified of a body found in a shack across from Hancock Bank on Highway 90 in Waveland.
The victim, later identified as Bourgeois, had apparently been dead for several days, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Wednesday.
Bourgeois, a local homeless man, had been known to stay in the shed, Allen said.
He was also known to hang out with Winnicki, another homeless man from the area.
An autopsy was performed on Thursday and it was determined that Bourgeois had been murdered, Allen said.
Police said they have obtained "substantial evidence."
According to a press release Friday, Bourgeois was stabbed several times and a foreign object was placed in his mouth causing him to asphyxiate.
"The Mississippi Crime lab helped us process the scene," Allen said.
"We interviewed several people and there is a lot of evidence to go through."
The motive in the killing is not being released at this time, Allen said.
Bourgeois was known for riding his bicycle up and down highway 90 in Waveland and Bay St. Louis.
He has a lengthy criminal history in Hancock County in recent years mostly for petty crimes such as public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and contempt of court.
Despite his short-comings, Allen said Bourgeois was "a decent guy."
"We arrested David a few times, but I never had a problem with him," Allen said. "I just saw him a few weeks ago in the Wal Mart parking lot and we talked for about 15 minutes. David was no angel, but he was a nice guy when he was not drinking."
Winnicki was arrested Wednesday evening by Waveland police for disorderly conduct.
Police questioned him Thursday about the murder and gave a confession, according to the press release. His bond was set at $1 million.
Police said anyone with information about this case can call the Waveland Police Department at 228-255-9191.