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UPDATE: 8 suspects in custody in connection to 12th homicide

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Cedrick Smith wanted by HPD Cedrick Smith wanted by HPD
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg police have arrested eight suspects in connection to the city's 12th homicide of 2014. The drive-by shooting that occurred Saturday night took the life of Hattiesburg resident Nathaniel Alexander, 39. The suspects appeared in court today for their initial appearance. 

Brandon McNair, 27, is charged with murder and street gang activity, bond set at $1 million for murder, and $50,000 for gang activity.

Alice Poole, 19, is charged with hindering prosecution, rendering criminal assistance, $10,000 bond.

Micahel May, 20, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity, $100,000 bond set. 

Anthony Crosby, 22, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity, $100,000 bond set.

Jamarcus Pettigrew, 23, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity, $100,000 bond set.

Ladayle Strickland, 19, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity,$100,000 bond set.

Kadarius Nichols, 19, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity, $100,000 bond set.

William Myers, 38, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and street gang activity, $100,000 bond set.

Arrest warrants are still active Cedrick Smith, and authorities are still searching for him in connection to the crime.

In a release from the Hattiesburg Police Department, the charges the suspects are facing upon arrest are conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting, and criminal street gang activity. All of the suspects charges will vary according to Traxler, and not all will be charged with each.

According to members of the Hattiesburg Police Department, other names could be added to the list of arrests.

If you have any information regarding the West 4th Street homicide or the location of the suspects, contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.

Scene of the Crime:

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict stated Alexander died in the operating room at Forrest General Hospital shortly before 11:00 p.m. Saturday from what appears to be multiple gunshot wounds.

According to Benedict, the body has been sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Hattiesburg police responded to the scene of shooting assisting AAA ambulance service at 312 West 4th Street shortly before 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

Upon arrival, police found Alexander suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds outside the residence. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses on the scene stated that the incident was a drive by shooting, and multiple shots were fired.

Police officers searched the street and front yard of the home with flashlights inside the taped off area along 4th Street.

Shell casings that covered the roadway were collected by members of the Hattiesburg Crime Scene Unit.

It is unclear at this time if the victim lived at the residence where the shooting occurred, but according to Traxler, he did know people at the house.

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