52 year-old Julie Brightwell, who was an employee of a Waffle house in Biloxi, was shot in the head after she argued with a customer about smoking inside the restaurant around 1 a.m. Friday because the restaurant had a no smoking policy, Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said.
Brightwell died at Merit Health Biloxi a short time later.
The customer, 45 year-old Johnny Max Mount, who was a former firefighter was arrested as he was walking out of the restaurant and booked at the Harrison County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.
Mount, Dobbs said, was armed with a 9 mm handgun at the time of the shooting. pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head,’ Sgt Dobbs said.
Linda Kilpatrick,friend of Brightwell’s, told WKRG:
- ‘How could you kill someone over a freaking cigarette, c’mon, and on Thanksgiving night?’
‘She was working the shift like she always does. Was it a regular, was it somebody who’s never been in the store before? I don’t know.’
Mount is being held on a $2 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.