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Waffle House customer shot waitress dead when she asked him not to smoke

Published 29/11/2015

The waitress shot and killed in the US state of Mississippi
The waitress shot and killed in the US state of Mississippi

A Mississippi waitress was shot and killed by a customer after she asked him not to smoke.

Julia Brightwell of Biloxi was a 52-year-old long-time waitress at a Waffle House who spent some of her final moments asking patrons how they enjoyed their Thanksgiving.

Biloxi police charged 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount with first-degree murder. They said he shot Ms Brightwell early on Friday after she asked him not to smoke.

Fire Chief Joe Boney told The Sun Herald that Mount is a former firefighter who was badly injured in a 2002 traffic accident.

Customer Richard Bonin said Ms Brightwell served him and two friends just before she was shot.

Though she was tired, he said, she asked if they had a good Thanksgiving.

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