Gibbs turns himself in at sheriff's department

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A Meridian man wanted for murder has turned himself in but still proclaims his innocence.

Henry Gibbs is behind bars after turning himself in around noon Wednesday to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. He had been wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that happened Sept. 6 at the Hampton Shell gas station in Meridian.

Gibbs has been charged with murder, two counts of shooting into a dwelling and being a felon in possession of a concealed weapon.

Newscenter 11 spoke with Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose and to Gibbs' brother, who didn't give his name.

"He's the one that had a gun in his hand. You don't have no gun residue on my brother. You have no gun residue out of the car that you say they both shot out of. You didn't get no bullet. You didn't get none of this, so how can you say that he did it?" asked Gibbs' brother.

"There is no bond at this time for Mr. Gibbs as he has a hold placed on him from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. We anticipate Mr. Gibbs having a preliminary hearing tomorrow in municipal court around noon in front of Judge Robbie Jones," said Dubose.

26-year old Johnny Cullins was killed in the shooting. Family members have said they don't believe Cullins was the intended target.

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Earlier:

A suspect who was being sought by Meridian police for a fatal drive-by shooting has turned himself in to authorities.

Henry Gibbs, accused of killing Johnny Cullins, 26, earlier this month, says he did not commit the crime. Cullins’ family said earlier he wasn’t a target in the shooting, but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Warrants for murder, two counts of shooting into an occupied building and felon in possession of a firearm had been issued for Gibbs and police made a public plea Monday for information on his whereabouts.