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A Beloved Nurse Wanted To Help Him. He Returned The Favor By Choking Her And Fatally Running Her Over.

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Source: Moss Point police; MEGA

Aug. 26 2022, Published 8:57 a.m. ET

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A Mississippi man choked and fatally ran over a former nurse who wanted to help him.

Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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Recently, Jackson County Judge Robert Krebs handed Octavius Montego Black, 35, a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the hit-and-run death of Betty Vaughans, 58. After a three-day trial, Black was found guilty and convicted of capital murder.

“Ms. Betty was a wife, mother and friend to many in the community. Her killing at the hands of Octavius Black was merciless and savage. I hope this life sentence will serve those who were close to Ms. Betty in their attempt to heal,” said Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn, according to Gulf Live.

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In the early morning of Oct. 4, 2018, officers responded to a Vaughans’ Moss Point, Mississippi, home after a family member discovered her body in her driveway.

Soon, authorities discovered the victim’s Cadillac Escalade was missing and identified Black as the perpetrator. As a result, the police issued a “Be on the Look Out” order for the vehicle and the defendant.

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According to prosecutors, Black had previously worked several odd jobs for Vaughans around her business enterprise. However, this time, the defendant zeroed in on Vaughan’s 2003 Cadillac Escalade. As the victim protested and offered to help the defendant, Black choked her, stole the car and fatally ran her over with it.

Two days after the incident, Black turned himself in at the Prentis Police Department in Mississippi. In addition, authorities recovered the stolen car in Prentis after the defendant abandoned it. Later, Black was extradited to Moss Point with the stolen vehicle.

“Even in her last moments, Mrs. Vaughans was trying to help the defendant. Her loss is felt throughout the Moss Point community. I hope today’s conviction will offer some comfort to all who loved her,” said District Attorney Angel Myers-McIlrath, reported WLOX.

Vaughans was a registered nurse and alumnae of the University of South Alabama.

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