Man charged with hindering prosecution in Dewey St. murder investigation

Man charged with hindering prosecution in Dewey St. murder investigation
McGee was found dead inside her Dewey Street home on Sunday, March 25. Two days later, Hattiesburg police announced that the death was being investigated as a homicide. (Photo source: WDAM)
McGee was found dead inside her Dewey Street home on Sunday, March 25. Two days later, Hattiesburg police announced that the death was being investigated as a homicide. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police charged a man with hindering the prosecution in the ongoing murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

Andrew Presley, 53, was brought in for questioning and later charged with one count of hindering the prosecution in the ongoing homicide investigation, according to HPD's Ryan Moore. Presley has a child with McGee's niece.

Presley was booked in the Forrest County Jail.

McGee was found dead inside her Dewey Street home on Sunday, March 25. Two days later, Hattiesburg police announced that the death was being investigated as a homicide.

Hours after police found McGee dead, Presley was booked on a warrant for domestic violence. Moore said the warrant was connected to a separate incident, not related to the homicide.

Police released no details of how McGee was killed, but Hattiesburg Police Captain Branden McLemore said there were no signs of forced entry and they believe she was killed by someone she knew.

"As of right now, without getting into details of the investigation, we believe it possibly was someone of an acquaintance to her, not a random act," McLemore said. "We're seeking every avenue and every aspect, the investigation is ongoing."

McGee was well-known in the community and taught at Antonelli College in Hattiesburg for 11 years.

"She's known in the community, we have been following several leads that have transpired into us interviewing several people in the community," McLemore said. "She was well know in the community. We're trying to see that anyone who caused this heinous crime to come forward or anyone with information that can assist in this investigation to come forward, we'd appreciated it."

Anyone with information should contact the Hattiesburg Police Department.