Bond reduction denied for 2014 Hattiesburg murder suspect

Bond reduction denied for 2014 Hattiesburg murder suspect
Daniel Williams, right, addresses the court
Edward Miller
Edward Miller

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man will remain behind bars after being denied a bond reduction in connection to a 2014 murder in the Hub City.

Daniel Lewis Williams, 30, appeared before Forrest County Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich for a bond reduction and continuance hearing Thursday morning.

The state requested for the court to deny the bond reduction motion, stating that Williams has been indicted for 1st degree murder, and he is a danger to the community who could receive a life sentence in prison, meaning he could be a flight risk.

Williams was denied bond reduction, and the motion for continuance will be taken into consideration according to Helfrich.

Williams was set to begin his trial July 14, 2015, however he is now trying to seek private legal representation.

Judge Helfrich ordered him to obtain his private attorney as quick as possible so things can move forward.

Williams was previously indicted in the 2014 January shooting death of Brandilyn Nakia Darty, 30.

The Scene:

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18th, Hattiesburg police officers responded to a report of shots fired with a possible victim down at 117 Wisteria Drive.

Darty's body was discovered at Vernon Dahmer Park, where she was left after being shot in the head previously on Wisteria Drive. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead around 3 a.m.

Officers pulled over a vehicle near Wisteria Drive during a traffic stop, and one suspect was taken into custody immediately, and the other tried to run away, and he was caught shortly after.

The second suspect, Edward Miller, 35, of Hattiesburg was charged with accessory after the fact in connection to the crime.