Second brother of accused Biloxi cop killer charged with accessory in officer’s death

Second brother of accused Biloxi cop killer charged with accessory in officer’s death
Gulfport police arrested 20-year-old Wanya Toquest Atkinson of Ocean Springs Wednesday. Atkinson is being charged with accessory after the fact. (Source: Harrison County Adult Detention Center)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police have arrested a sixth person in the shooting death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.

Wanya Toquest Atkinson, 20, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with accessory after the fact. Wanya is the brother of 19-year-old Darian Atkinson, who is accused of shooting McKeithen outside the Biloxi Police Department on May 5. His bond was set at $500,000.

Darian Atkinson, 19, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer.
Darian Atkinson, 19, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer.

On Wednesday, investigators were sent to an area of Biloxi near the police station to continue looking for evidence. Those investigators will not say if they found anything that can be tied to Officer McKeithen’s shooting or to Darian Atkinson.

Besides Darian Atkinson and Wanya Atkinson, four other suspects have also been arrested in the investigation. Among them is Darian’s other brother, 21-year-old Davian Atkinson. Police say Davian helped Darian after the murder by giving him access to a cell phone and a vehicle to help evade police.

All four suspects are charged with accessory after the fact in the capital murder of Biloxi Officer Robert McKeithen. They are from top left: Andre Sullivan; Joshua Kovach; Dalentaz Brice, and the murder suspect's brother Davian Atkinson.
All four suspects are charged with accessory after the fact in the capital murder of Biloxi Officer Robert McKeithen. They are from top left: Andre Sullivan; Joshua Kovach; Dalentaz Brice, and the murder suspect's brother Davian Atkinson. (Source: Photo Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)

Andre Anderson Sullivan Jr., Joshua Michael Kovach and Dalentez Latavian Brice are also charged with accessory after the fact. Authorities say they provided clothing to Darian after the murder.

Darian Atkinson is not expected to go back before a judge until June 18 for his preliminary hearing. However, the other four suspects could have their preliminary hearings in the next few weeks.

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