Two are charged in Marion County murder

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -   16-year-old Nigel Johnson and 22-year-old Ashley Moore made their first appearance in court Monday. Both were charged in the death of a 16-year-old boy. According to Sheriff Berkley Hall, the victim was shot with a small caliber hand gun by Johnson Saturday in Moore's home on Stringer Bullock Road in the Foxworth community.

"The more we investigated we started being more suspicious that this might not have been an accidental shooting," said Hall.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Department the victim was taken to Marion General Hospital by Johnson and Moore, and was pronounced dead at the hospital . Sheriff Berkley Hall says the circumstances that lead to the shooting are unknown.

"Of course when we encountered the shooter at the hospital, who actually helped bring him to the hospital , he lead us to believe that this was an accidental shooting. That the gun went off while it was being cleaned," said Hall.

During the court appearance 16-year-old Nigel Johnson was charged with murder and his bond was set at $1,000,000 dollars . 22-year-old Ashley Moore was charged with hindering prosecution, rendering criminal assistance and her bond was set at $100,000 dollars.

Berkley says that Moore's statement is what lead investigators to believe that this may be a case of murder.

"The more we interviewed her she kept trying to stray away from what actually happened and that is why we decided to turn around and charge her," said Hall.

Johnson and Moore's next hearing will be December 9th.