Waffle House customer shot waitress dead when she asked him not to smoke
A Mississippi waitress was shot and killed by a customer after she asked him not to smoke.
Julia Brightwell of Biloxi was a 52-year-old long-time waitress at a Waffle House who spent some of her final moments asking patrons how they enjoyed their Thanksgiving.
Biloxi police charged 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount with first-degree murder. They said he shot Ms Brightwell early on Friday after she asked him not to smoke.
Fire Chief Joe Boney told The Sun Herald that Mount is a former firefighter who was badly injured in a 2002 traffic accident.
Customer Richard Bonin said Ms Brightwell served him and two friends just before she was shot.
Though she was tired, he said, she asked if they had a good Thanksgiving.