Dexter Kelley will be held in jail without bond as he awaits a preliminary hearing for the murder of his teenage cousin.
Nineteen-year-old Kelley made his initial appearance in Jackson County Court this morning. He’s facing a first-degree murder charge. County Court Judge T. Larry Wilson said there is evidence to suggest he is a danger to the community which is why he denied bond.
Kelley is accused of murdering his 16-year-old cousin Cliff Allyn last week. Allyn’s cause of death has been determined to be blunt force trauma. Allyn was reported missing last Wednesday after last being seen with his cousin. His body was found in the woods behind his grandmother’s home Thursday on Nanny Road in Vancleave.
Family members entered the courtroom as proceedings ended. Allyn’s mother Jennifer Smith spoke with News 25 after and still cannot grasp that her son is gone. “I have no idea, I never thought he would. They always played together when they were kids so I don’t know why. That’s what I want to know, I want to know why. I wish he would tell me why.”
Kelley’s preliminary hearing will be sometime in May during which bond could be set. If convicted, he could face life in prison.