JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Four suspects have been charged in a Jasper County shooting that killed an 18 year old and wounded another.
Quaddarris Margun Sumlin, 25, Travis Kentrell Bunch, 25, Keyshad Donnell Arrington, 21, and Jeremy Oshea McKenzie are charged with first-degree murder of 18-year-old Mercedes Dudley and aggravated assault of 18-year-old Rosalind Taylor.
Around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, authorities said Dudley, of Mendenhall, was shot to death east of Heidelberg.
Sheriff Randy Johnson said Dudley, Taylor and another man were riding in a vehicle when shots were fired into it striking and killing Dudley. Bullets also wounded Taylor, but family says she is home resting after the incident. The other man in the vehicle was not injured during the shooting.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Jones County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Saturday morning at a residence on County Road 113 east of Heidelberg in relation to the shooting.
Sumlin, Bunch and Arrington were given a bond of $200,000 dollars for the murder charge and $75,000 for the aggravated assault charge Monday in court.
Of the $200,000, the judge ordered that $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 an accessory after the fact to murder in the second degree charge in Forrest County. He was charged in connection to the murder of 17-year-old Jabarri Goudy in 2015.
McKenzie claimed in court he had no knowledge of the indictment.
Investigator Daniel Gillmore said McKenzie, Bunch, Sumlin, and Arrington are a part of the Vice-lords gangs. Authorities said the group has been known to post threatening and violent images and posts on social media and they have reason to believe the four men are affiliated.
Gillmore said they seized several firearms including handguns, rifles, and assault weapons from the men's property on Beaver Meadow community in Heidelberg.
Sullivan says right now the investigation is still ongoing and charges could be modified and more arrests could possibly be made.
Sheriff Randy Johnson says the motive is still being investigated.