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Man in court over 'restaurant smoking row' shooting

Published 30/11/2015

Johnny Mount is charged over the death of server Julie Brightwell
Johnny Mount is charged over the death of server Julie Brightwell

A 45-year-old man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi restaurant server after she told him not to smoke has made his first court appearance.

Johnny Mount asked judge Albert Fountain on Monday whether the death penalty would be involved in his case, The Sun Herald reported.

The judge said Mount faces one count of first-degree murder and not a capital offence.

The judge said the court will appoint a public defender to represent Mount.

Mount is charged over the death of server 52-year-old Julie Brightwell.

He is being held on a two million US dollar (£1.33 million) bond.

Police say Ms Brightwell was trying to get Mount to stop smoking in the restaurant when he pulled out a handgun and shot her.

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