Murder suspect released

Monday, October 15, 2018

New evidence leads to student's release

Latest information raises questions about Nelson's possible involvement in Waterson's death

New evidence frees Nelson, raises questions

University of Mississippi student Hunter Nelson, 21, was released by the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department today after new evidence surfaced that cast doubt on his alleged involvement in the murder of Kristi Waterson.

Nelson had been held in the Yoknapatawpha County Detention Center since his arrest on Saturday morning.

The sheriff's department declined to specify the evidence that led to Nelson's release.

However, the department's Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones said "Hunter Nelson has been released from custody. We appreciate his cooperation in our investigation, and we stand resolved to do everything possible to bring the killer to justice."

Jones would not comment on allegations that Nelson has filed a lawsuit accusing the sheriff's department of botching the investigation and holding him without just cause.

On October 7, 2018, University of Mississippi business instructor Kristi Waterson was found dead at her apartment in Oxford. In the wake of her death, rumor and innuendo swirled on campus as students and teachers alike discussed alleged improper relationships Waterson maintained with her students.

Waterson's parents, Michael and Virginia Waterson of Biloxi, have offered a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

If you have any information about the death of Kristi Waterson, please contact the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department or Yoknapatawpha Crime Stoppers.

By Kemper Jones at 3:30 PM