Hattiesburg man pleads not guilty to 2013 murder

Hattiesburg man pleads not guilty to 2013 murder
Dwayne Bryant

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Monday in Forrest County Circuit Court.

Dwayne Bryant, 37, was previously indicted last month by the Forrest County grand jury in connection with the shooting death of Adrian Walker, 32. Bryant appeared before Judge Bob Helfrich for his arraignment, were his bond was set at $250.000.

The initial charge for Bryant was aggravated assault after he turned himself in to Hattiesburg police following an Aug. 1, 2013 shooting at Bonhomie Apartments on Country Club Road.

According to Hattiesburg Police officials, an altercation led to the incident that sent Walker to Forrest General Hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Walker died from his injuries a month later while at Forrest General.

After Walker's death, an upgraded charge of murder was presented to the grand jury, and an indictment was returned, followed by a warrant for Bryant's arrest.

Helfrich set a trial date for March 10, 2015.