Man indicted in death over Waffle House smoking

Posted at 9:41 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 21:41:52-04

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi grand jury has indicted a former firefighter on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a waitress who had asked him not to smoke.

Harrison County Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker tells The Sun Herald that 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount will be arraigned the week of June 6.

Mount is accused in the slaying of Julie Brightwell, who was shot to death Nov. 27 in Biloxi. Police have said Mount was sitting at the Waffle House counter when Brightwell told him he couldn't smoke in the restaurant. Testimony at a preliminary hearing shows he was smoking an e-cigarette.

Mount is held on a $2 million bond. He resigned from the Biloxi Fire Department in 2002 after he was hit by a car and lost a leg.