Suspects arrested in Marshall County slaying

By Wire reports

HOLLY SPRINGS — Marshall County authorities are intensifying the search for a second suspect in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting that left a 16-year-old Memphis girl dead.

Corey Albright, 31, of Rossville, Tenn., was arrested Tuesday night. Albright was charged with one count of murder and five counts of drive-by shooting.

“He was taken without incident at a residence in Memphis,” said chief investigator Kelly McMillen.

The arrest involved officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, federal agencies and the Memphis Police Department.

McMillen said a 2000 Honda Accord, green in color, was recovered Wednesday and was being examined by a Mississippi Department of Public Safety crime scene unit.

Albright was being held in the Marshall County jail without bond.

Another suspect – a 16-year-old – was taken into custody, but his name could not be released by state law, WMC-TV in Memphis reported.

Rico R. Fleming, 22, of Rossville, Tenn., is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous, McMillen said.

The drive-by shooting took place shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday along U.S. Highway 72 just west of Slayden in Marshall County. Authorities said evidence indicates the suspects fired high-powered rifles into a Mercury Grand Marquis in which six people were riding.

Derica Patterson, 16, of Memphis died on the scene. Four others were wounded — only one of whom agreed to be hospitalized — and one was unhurt.

Patterson’s family said the six had left a party in Jackson, Miss., where they reportedly got into an argument with the suspects.

If convicted, Albright could face life in prison on the murder charge and as much as 30 years for each charge of drive-by shooting.