LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Having just finished one capital murder case, Jones County is about to get heavily involved in another one.
The Grand Jury returned an indictment of capital murder for William Dean for allegedly killing Nora Peters, 85, in March.
"The first stage will be arraignment which we expect for him to be arraigned in open court and the indictment read in open court next Tuesday," said Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley..
Dean was charged with capital murder a day after Peters was found dead inside her trailer home located in the Twin Pines Trailer Park. During his initial appearance, Judge Kyle Robertson read aloud Dean's alleged confession to the Laurel Police Department. According to the confession, Dean said he broke into Peters home, stabbed her several times in the stomach with a knife/shank and took $30 from her purse. He led police to a dumpster on 16th Avenue, where he had dumped other items and evidence away.
"We can pursue the death penalty on William Dean for brutally murdering the elderly lady at the trailer park," said Buckley.