A Marianna man is scheduled to stand trial in Holmes County on charges of homicide, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, shooting into a vehicle and discharging a firearm in public.
Latorish Antonio Gardner, 48, shot and killed Derek Todd Thompson, 35, and shot and critically wounded 29-year-old Mariah Maps of Pensacola on May 2, 2021.
Maps and Gardner have children together and were meeting to conduct a child exchange as was usual for them at the Ponce de Leon rest area on Interstate 10. During the exchange, Maps and Gardner became involved in a physical altercation leading Thompson to intervene and direct Maps to get in their vehicle.
Gardner and Thompson then became involved in an altercation during which Gardner fatally shot Thompson in the chest. Gardner then began to chase Maps through the parking lot. As Maps attempted to hide in a bystander’s vehicle, she was struck by a bullet which passed through her and into the vehicle. Gardner then gathered the children and fled the area.
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to communicate on scene with Maps who identified Gardner as the shooter and provide critical information to the investigation.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office converged on Gardner’s home less than an hour later and took him into custody without incident.
Gardner is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 18 with jury selection and trial to begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Holmes County Courthouse with Circuit Judge Russell Roberts presiding.

Leave a Reply

Advertising Options

Reach your target audience with our newspaper advertising options. Our publication has a wide readership, making it the perfect platform to promote your business or event.

To inquire about advertising rates and options, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Take advantage of our high readership and targeted demographics to promote your business to the right people. From print ads to online banners, we have a variety of options to suit your needs and budget.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach your target audience. Contact us today to learn more about our advertising options.

E-Mailing List Subscription

Stay informed with our email mailing list! Sign up today and never miss a beat on the latest news and events in your community.

To join our e-mailing list, simply fill out the form below. We’ll send you a weekly digest of the top stories, delivered right to your inbox.

By signing up, you’ll be the first to know about breaking news, upcoming events, and special promotions. Plus, you’ll be eligible for exclusive subscriber-only content and offers.