Arraignment set for man in death of Waffle House waitress

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – An arraignment is set for Monday for a former Biloxi firefighter accused in the shooting death of a Waffle House waitress.

A grand jury indicted 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount on a charge of first-degree murder in the Nov. 27 killing of Julie Brightwell.

Mount’s attorney, Jim Davis, tells The Sun Herald he will not waive the arraignment.

Police have said Mount was seated at a counter when Brightwell told him he couldn’t smoke his e-cigarette inside the Biloxi restaurant.

Police said he became angry and pulled a 9 mm handgun from his waist.

When Brightwell saw the gun, police say, she ducked behind a counter but Mount got up, leaned over the counter and shot her once in the head.