Kiln man indicted for murder & aggravated assault in stand-off
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 30, 2014, 01:13
Gary Thomas Topham
A Hancock County Grand Jury recently indicted a Kiln man in connection with the December 2013 murder of Bruce Necaise and the attempted shooting of two Hancock County sheriff's deputies.
Gary Thomas Topham, 55, was indicted on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
His trial date has been set for Dec. 1.
Authorities said Topham and Necaise had gotten into a verbal argument at Topham's Deer Park Road residence on Dec. 3, 2013.
During the course of the argument, Topham allegedly shot Necaise in the leg and then barricaded himself in a barn and held police at bay for two hours, officials said.
During the standoff, Topham allegedly fired four shotgun blasts at deputies.
He was arrested after deputies fired tear gas canisters into the barn.
Necaise died of his wounds the next day.
Topham has retained local attorney Brian Alexander to represent him. Alexander said Thursday that it is too early in the process to make a comment.
"We are waiting on discovery and trying to put our defense together," Alexander said.
If convicted, Topham faces life in prison.