1st court appearance in shooting over Waffle House smoking

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 2:28 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A 45-year-old Biloxi man accused in the shooting death of a Waffle House server after she told him not to smoke made his first court appearance and asked about the death penalty.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/21oQWo2) Johnny Mount asked Judge Albert Fountain on Monday whether the death penalty would be involved in his case.

Fountain said Mount faces only one count of first-degree murder and not a capital offense.

The judge said the court will appoint a public defender to represent Mount.

Mount is charged in the slaying of server 52-year-old Julie Brightwell.

He is being held on a $2 million bond.

Biloxi police say Brightwell was trying to get Mount to stop smoking in the restaurant when he pulled out a handgun and shot her.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com