GAUTIER, Miss. (WALA) - A Moss Point woman was in court Monday, June 10 charged with killing her husband with her car. It happened Saturday, June 8 in the river bend apartments in Gautier, Miss.
Krystal Kersey was given a $100,000 bond for the murder charge.
Kersey's mother said her daughter and grandson have been the victims of domestic abuse at the hands of Justin Stork.
"I believe if my daughter did do that, she did it to save her own life. It was his life or hers; that's right. I'm telling you," said Andrea Kersey.
Andrea Kersey said she always feared it would be her daughter that would be dead.
"I was always afraid I was going to get a phone call and it was going to be her dead because I just knew he was going to kill her on the bayou at his momma's house," said Andrea Kersey.
Police, however, said it was the other way around.
On Saturday night, residents in the River Bend Apartments said Stork was at a friend's house.
"I overheard his convo. He was cussing and everything talking to his wife, and they were kind of fussing back and forth, and he walk back around here and he tell me he was going to come around and work on my car but he never made it," said Sammy White who lives just behind the crime scene.
Paint around a tree in a courtyard marks the scene of the crime. Police say Krystal Kersey ran Stork into the tree with her car.
Neighbors heard the commotion and ran to help.
"I seen him lying out there he was bleeding out of his mouth and nose and the guy next door told me to call the ambulance," said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.
According to police, Stork was gone within minutes.
Monday, Kersey didn't say a word as she walked into court but her mother couldn't keep quiet.
Andrea Kersey said her daughter and grandson suffered severe physical abuse at the hands of Stork.
The night before the incident, Andrea Kersey said her daughter called her for help.
"Justin beat little man and picked him up by the hair and threw him on the bed," said Kersey.
Police haven't found any domestic violence charges on Stork's record.
"He actually wasn't charged with domestic violence. They had a domestic issue that took place in another city that we became aware of," said Detective Jonathan Whitfield with the Gautier Police.
Andrea Kersey said although she did not support her daughter's relationship with Stork, she never wished for him to die.
She does have remorse for his family.
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