Colorado man and 14-year-old juvenile arrested in Harrison County homicide

Sheriff Troy Peterson announced the arrest of 21 year old Johnte Vidal Pouerie  of Colorado and a 14 year old juvenile from Gulfport, MS on one felony count of Homicide.

According to Sheriff Troy Peterson, On December 17, 2021, Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Posey Bridge Road and Hwy 15 Saucier, MS., regarding the report of a deceased subject on the roadside.

Investigators along with the Harrison County Coroner determined that the deceased subject, later identified as 16 year old Lazairus Smith, was a victim of a Homicide.

During the course of the investigation, Johnte Vidal Pouerie and the juvenile were determined to be responsible for the homicide.

Pouerie and the juvenile were located with the assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and subsequently charged with the death of sixteen year old Lazarius Smith.

Sheriff Peterson stated that there could be more arrests to follow as the investigation continues.

Johnte Vidal Pouerie and the juvenile were booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility and charged with one count of Homicide.

Pouerie and the juvenile are being held in lieu of a $1,000,000 bond each set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

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