No Bond for Lett

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Witnesses told police that the man accused of shooting two co-workers at a Northrop Grumman Ship Systems shipyard lost his temper after asking for a transfer.

Alexander L. Lett, 41, from Escawtapa, was denied bond by Pascagoula Municipal Judge Michael Fondren during Wednesday's preliminary hearing.

Lett is charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the Feb. 21 shootings of 53-year-old supervisors Ben Gaffney and Donald Ray Eddins. Lett remains in the Pascagoula City Jail.

Pascagoula police Det. Jeff Barnes testified that co-workers told him Lett met with Gaffney and two other Northrop Grumman supervisors, and Lett asked to be transferred from the quality assurance department.

Witnesses told police they first heard Lett shouting, then gunfire. Gaffney was shot four times and the other supervisors escaped.

Barnes said Lett went down a stairwell in the quality assurance building, ran into Eddins and shot him. Witnesses then told police that Eddins fell down the stairs, then stood up and ran before police said Lett shot him in the back.

Barnes said witnesses told him Lett knelt beside Eddins, put the 9-millimeter pistol to his head and pulled the trigger, but by then the gun was empty.


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