Man pleads to accessory charge in killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen
HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — District Attorney Joel Smith announced Monday that 18-year-old Andre Anderson Sullivan of Gulfport, pleaded guilty to the charge of “accessory after the fact” in the killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.
Sullivan also pleaded guilty to his role in an armed robbery, which took place on Grand Lido Lane in Gulfport in December 2018.
Judge Christopher L. Schmidt accepted the pleas, and deferred sentencing pending a disposition of the capital murder charge against Darian Atkinson and the remaining charges for “accessory after the fact to capital murder” against Wanya Atkinson, Davian Atkinson, Dalentez Brice and Joshua Kovach.
During the accessory plea, Sullivan told the Court that prior to arriving at Atkinson’s mother’s home, he had seen photos of the suspect released to the press by police and recognized the suspect as Darian Atkinson.
After arriving at the residence, Sullivan admitted that he assisted Atkinson in changing clothes to conceal his identity as the suspect, which included Atkinson and Sullivan swapping shoes.
The prosecution further advised the Court, that the assistance Sullivan provided to Atkinson was captured on video by a home surveillance system.
Sullivan was out on bond on the armed robbery charge when he was arrested on the charge of accessory after the fact, and has been held without bond at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center since his arrest on May 9, 2019. He will remain in custody.
The grand jury indictment against Darian Atkinson for capital murder was returned on November 18, 2019, and a trial date is expected to be set during a hearing later this month.