Batesville Police say gang feud lead to fatal shooting

By The Associated Press

BATESVILLE — Authorities believe a feud between rival gangs lead to the shooting death of Jeremy Wright on a Batesville street on Jan. 16.

The Panolian reports that the information surfaced this past week at a preliminary hearing for Sharika Harris. Harris, 20, and Latasha Taylor, 20, are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Wright. Taylor’s preliminary hearing has been delayed.

City Judge Bill McKenzie ruled Harris’ case should be presented to a Panola County grand jury. Her bond was reduced from $350,000 to $100,000. Taylor was being held on a $350,000 bond.

Four men have been charged with murder in Wright’s death.

Police Detective Paul Shivers said Wright was shot once with a high-powered rifle during what police believe was a dispute that began a week earlier at a nightclub between members of the Mafia Vice Lords and the Gangster Disciples.

Shivers said Wright was affiliated with the Gangster Disciples. He says Wright was shot in the back of the head.

Police said the four men charged with murder are being held on $1 million bond each. They are Marcus Tyrone Wheatley, 28; Jayson D. Dishmon, 28; Michael D. Fondren, 22; and a 17-year-old.

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