Mother of Jackson County Shooting Victim Speaks Out

Bond has been set for the Jackson County man accused of killing a man in Vancleave.
Fifty-seven year-old Mose Ben Wells made his initial court appearance in Jackson County today before Judge Larry T. Wilson.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson was there and also sat down to speak with the mother of the 41-year-old victim, Eric Hampton.
Monday night wasn’t the first time Mose Ben Wells attempted to kill Darlene Hughse son, Eric Hampton, but it would be the last. A fatal blow brought his life to an end that night. It was just nights before that Hughse warned her son to stay away from the suspect, but that warning was too late. “I did not want him there. I told him not to go back. He had pulled a knife on him a couple of weeks ago.”
A Jackson County judge set Wells’ bond at $100,000 at his initial court appearance on a murder charge.
Authorities say Hampton died at a local hospital after Wells shot him in the Vancleave home they were sharing on McGregor Road. “It’s our understanding that there had been some kind of ongoing argument for several days between the two,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell.
Darlene Hughse lives on the same road and says Wells stopped by her house weeks ago and told the family he wanted to kill Hampton. “He planned it. He told me he was going to shoot him, but you know, everyone is family here. Nobody else is going to talk about.”
Hampton’s mother says Wells and her son were once good friends. She says their family took Wells in when he had nowhere else to go. “For some reason, he just turned on him. This man use to live at my house. Put him on my couch. Let him wash his clothes, let him get a bath. I don’t understand it.”
Hampton’s family tells News 25 he was a good person who loved kids and had seven of his own. Hampton’s cousin Jeleesa Hampton “He loved being around the kids. When you see him he just had a smile on his face. For this to happen is just very tragic.”
Hampton’s mother says the bond set for Wells could never be high enough. “I’m alright for a few minutes and the next minute, I know he’s gone. We’re going to be all right. I hope justice will be done.”

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