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Judge denies bond for Jones Co. murder suspect

The Jones County murder suspect who was captured early Tuesday morning made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 3:57 PM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 4:01 PM CDT
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JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Jones County murder suspect who was captured early Tuesday morning, made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Marty Breazeale, 48, of Laurel, appeared before Judge Sonny Saul and was denied bond.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Breazeale faces one count of first-degree murder.

JCSD captured Breazeale after he was named a suspect in the death of Brittany Holifield, whose body was found in the Leaf River Sunday afternoon.

Jones County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigator Sgt. JD Carter says in an interview yesterday, that Breazeale did admit to killing Holifield.

“I’m very sorry, I’m asking for the death penalty,” said Marty Breazeale as he walked into the courtroom. “I was high on drugs, and, yes I miss her, and I’m very sorry to her family.”

Holifield’s ex-husband was also in attendance during the court appearance. He said he is doing the best he can to cope with his family’s loss.

He claimed the family warned her that Breazeale could be a dangerous man.

“I just told her that he was going to kill her,” said Brent. “We all told her, and she would leave. She would go to a house and stay there a little while, and she was doing good, going to meetings and stuff like that, but Saturday, she just ran off with him again like she always does.”

The sheriff’s department held a press conference Tuesday afternoon discussing the details of the capture.

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin says 13 agencies were involved with the five-hour manhunt for Breazeale, leading him to be captured at approximately 1:30 a.m., after he ran into the wooded area off of East Radio Road.

Carter says Breazeale was previously charged with burglary in Wayne County.

He is being held at the Jones County Adult Detention Center.

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