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Suspect in teen’s homicide additionally accused of capturing car along with his child, baby’s mom in it, say courtroom paperwork

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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – One of many suspects accused of killing a Gulfport teen was in courtroom Wednesday morning.

Johnte Pouerie, 21, went earlier than a choose for his preliminary look. He and a 14-year-old suspect are every charged with homicide within the demise of 16-year-old LaZarius Smith.

Harrison County sheriff’s deputies had been referred to as to the bridge simply south of Posey Bridge Street on Freeway 15 on Dec. 17, 2021. There, they discovered the physique of a younger man reported to be sporting a black and purple jacket, black Nike shirt, grey sweatpants and Nike slides.

The younger sufferer was later recognized by means of dental data as 16-year-old Smith. A health worker decided he died from a single gunshot wound to the pinnacle.

Two suspects had been recognized by means of witness interviews. In accordance with the courtroom paperwork, Pouerie and the juvenile suspect picked Smith up simply earlier than 1 pm on Dec. 17, with the intention of going to shoot weapons. Investigators pointed to Instagram conversations between Smith and the juvenile confirming the pickup. Witnesses additionally noticed Smith get right into a white Hyundai Sonata pushed by Pouerie on the time.

Cellphone data positioned Pouerie within the space of the pickup location, then confirmed him touring to the Posey Bridge, the place the physique was discovered.

Two witnesses reported seeing a white Hyundai Sonata with a Carmax tag parked on the bridge with three males standing within the open subject close to the tree line, which is the world the place Smith’s physique was discovered. A type of witnesses instructed investigators that two of the boys had been sporting black ski masks and black clothes. The witness stated he thought it was suspicious so he pulled over to attend for the car to drive by. The witness then adopted the car south into Biloxi the place they misplaced him at a excessive fee of velocity exiting onto Rodriguez Avenue.

Cellphone data had been additionally capable of place Pouerie’s mobile phone within the space of Rodriguez Avenue across the time the witness claimed.

On Dec. 27, Pouerie was arrested on costs stemming from a capturing at Riverchase Park Residences in Gulfport on Dec. 10. When he was arrested, the 14-year-old suspect was with him and the 2 had been in Pouerie’s white Sonata with a Carmax dealership tag, matching the outline supplied by witnesses. Upon looking the automotive, authorities say they discovered a firearm and two black ski masks.

On Dec. 10, Pouerie is accused of firing a number of pictures at a car that contained his daughter and daughter’s mom. The kid’s mom instructed police that she was going out to dinner with a person and instructed Pouerie about it. Pouerie then dropped the newborn off at her residence, telling her to take the kid together with her.

She put the newborn within the Dodge Charger that her male buddy was driving and so they began to go away. After realizing her child wasn’t buckled fully in, the automotive stopped and the mom started adjusting the automotive seat. Whereas she was doing that, she instructed police Pouerie ran in the direction of them yelling in regards to the child being within the automotive saying, “B****h, my child higher not be in that automotive.”

The kid’s mom obtained again within the car and, as they drove off, Pouerie fired a number of pictures on the automotive.

Along with being charged with homicide within the demise of 16-year-old LaZarius Smith, Pouerie can also be charged with two counts of aggravated home violence and one depend of aggravated assault for the Dec. 10 capturing. His bond, which was initially set at $1 million for the homicide cost, was upped Wednesday to $1,150,000.

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