JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A fifth suspect has been charged in a Jasper County murder investigation.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Marerria Luvadu Granderson, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.
Four other suspects in the case are charged with the first-degree murder of 18-year-old Mercedes Dudley and the aggravated assault of another 18-year-old.
The suspects are Quaddarris Margun Sumlin, 25, Travis Kentrell Bunch, 25, Keyshad Donnell Arrington, 21, and Jeremy Oshea McKenzie.
According to Investigator Daniel Gillmore, McKenzie, Bunch, Sumlin and Arrington are a part of the Vice Lords gang.
According to the sheriff's department, Dudley was shot to death early Saturday morning while she was riding in a car just east of Heidelberg.
Sumlin, Bunch, Arrington and McKenzie were arrested when investigators served a search warrant at a home on County Road 113 later Saturday morning.
Investigators said several firearms, including handguns, rifles and assault weapons, were seized from the men's property in the Beaver Meadow community of Heidelberg.
Sumlin, Bunch and Arrington were given bonds of $200,000 for the murder charge and $75,000 for the aggravated assault charge. The judge ordered $75,000 has to be paid in cash. District Attorney Matt Sullivan said he requested the cash bond due to the violent nature of the crime.
McKenzie was denied bond due to being indicted in 2017 for accessory after the fact to murder in the second-degree in Forrest County.
This investigation is ongoing.