Update: Victim in Wednesday night stabbing was suspect’s mother

Gulfport Police have charged 28-year-old Durel Louis Williams on one count of first degree murder after finding a woman dead.

Coroner Brian Switzer said the victim was 68-year-old Myra Williams. She is the suspect’s mother.

Switzer said family members told him that Durel Williams has a history of mental illness but that he had never been violence with his mother before Wednesday night. Switzer said the family told him that they had tried to get Durel Williams help, to no avail.

Wednesday night about 6:03 p.m., the Gulfport Police responded to the 2300 block of 32nd Avenue, in reference to a possible homicide. Upon arrival, officers found a woman dead from what appeared to be a knife wound.

Williams was arrested on scene without further incident.

The victim has been identified, but her name is being withheld pending proper family notification by the Harrison County Coroner’s Office.

Judge Patano set Williams’ bond at $1,000,000. Williams was taken to the Harrison County jail.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

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