Third suspect arrested in Mississippi State shooting

By Wire reports



The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University student slain Saturday night at a dorm had been shot twice, an autopsy shows.

John Sanderson, 21, was shot in the chest and a second bullet traveled through his arm into the abdomen, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said.

The small caliber handgun police think was used in the shooting was found early Sunday on the Starkville campus. It is being tested at the state Crime Lab. Three people have been arrested and charged with capital murder.

MSU officials have said drugs may have been a motive in the killing but authorities have released few details.

The possible motive in the killing “will come once the investigation is complete,” said Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs.

“Police do have some clues but nothing that is releasable information. The next step is to get (the suspects) to Oktibbeha County and start piecing their stories together,” Kibler said.

MSU campus police chief Georgia Lindley said six people were present in the Evans Hall room when the shooting occurred — the victim, three suspects and the room’s two occupants. Lindley and other university officials would not identify the dorm’s occupants or say whether charges would be filed against them.

On Monday, Kibler said Sanderson lived in Rice Hall, not Evans Hall. When asked why Sanderson was in Evans Hall on the night of the incident, Kibler said he was “probably visiting.”

Richard Griffin, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jackson, said the third suspect, Trent Deundra Crump, 21, of Flowood, turned himself in at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department in Florida on Tuesday. Griffin said Crump was to make his first appearance before a judge Wednesday and could be extradited back to Mississippi.

Duntae Harvey, 21, of Jackson, surrendered at an apartment complex in Jackson on Monday. Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson, was also arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday.

Court documents show all of the suspects and the victim had arrest records.

Harvey has been convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia and contempt of court, resulting in a six-month jail sentence and a $4,534 fine. He has a string of other misdemeanor charges, ranging from shoplifting to domestic violence.

Last May, a judge ordered Crump to serve 60 days in jail and pay a $624 fine for threatening with a deadly weapon. A month before, he had been arrested on a charge of discharging a firearm.

In 2010, Crump was charged with the felony of burglary of dwelling house, but the case was dismissed. His record also includes a host of misdemeanor charges, including simple assault with injuries, domestic violence, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and failure to appear in court.

When Jones was arrested over the weekend, authorities picked him up on a warrant involving a Valentine’s Day armed robbery of a man sitting in a car outside a convenience store in south Jackson.

In 2007, after being arrested on a charge of the sale of a small amount of marijuana, Sanderson told Madison police he and another man had carried out auto burglaries in affluent subdivisions, according to police reports obtained by The Clarion-Ledger through a public records request. Two years later, he complained of having his house burglarized and having his Playstation 3 and video games stolen.

That same year, Madison police responded to a fight involving Sanderson, according to records.

In 2010, Sanderson was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. According to police reports, Sanderson waved a man he knew over to his vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart in Madison. He extended his hand to shake hands and when the man shook hands, Sanderson reportedly pulled the man into the vehicle and shot him in the face with a BB pistol before shooting him twice in the back of the head as the man turned away.

Sanderson then grabbed the man’s coat, dragged him 30 feet and then tried to run the man over, according to the records. Sanderson later told police the man had tried to choke him.

In an unrelated case, Sanderson was charged with embezzling from his employer.

Sentenced to two years in prison, Sanderson completed the Regimented Inmate Discipline program in 2010, enabling him to have his felony conviction expunged.

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STARKVILLE — A third suspect in the shooting death of a Mississippi State University student has been arrested in Florida.

Richard Griffin, supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Trent Crump, 21, was being held in the Alachua County jail near Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday.

Griffin said family members helped convince Crump to surrender.

Investigators with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation developed information that Crump was traveling to the Gainesville area and notified the U. S. Marshals Task Force, said agency spokesman Warren Strain.

“Mr. Crump is under lock and key,” Strain said.

Crump, of Flowood, along with Duntae Harvey, 21, and Mason Jones, 21, both of Jackson, are charged with capital murder in the death of John Sanderson of Madison. Sanderson was killed outside a dorm room in Evans Hall Saturday night.

Jones was arrested Sunday in Memphis, Tenn. Harvey was arrested Monday by marshals in Jackson.

The possible motive in the killing “will come once the investigation is complete,” said Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs. “Police do have some clues but nothing that is releasable information.”

MSU spokeswoman Maridith Geuder said the underlying charge that kicks in the capital murder charge is the sale of a controlled substance. She didn’t elaborate on the charges.

Sanderson, 21, who had transferred from Holmes Community College, was shot multiple times outside a dorm room on the first floor of Evans Hall.

Kibler said Sanderson lived in Rice Hall, not Evans Hall. When asked why Sanderson was in Evans Hall on the night of the shooting, Kibler said he was “probably visiting.”

Geuder has previously said police received a call about the shooting at Evans Hall around 10 p.m. Saturday and police were on the scene within a minute. Sanderson was taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital, where he died.

Three men fled the building in a blue Crown Victoria, officials said.

The four-story Evans Hall holds about 300 male students and is located on the north side of campus.

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From MSU Media Relations.

STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State University Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a third suspect in the weekend murder of MSU student John Sanderson, 21, of Madison.

Two arrests have been made in the case, which has drawn national attention.

MSU Police are seeking Trent Deundra Crump, 21, of Flowood on a warrant for capital murder, MSU Police Chief Georgia Lindley said.

“Crump is traveling in a light blue 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis with Rankin County tags,” Lindley said, adding that he is considered armed and dangerous. He may be accompanied by a black female.

Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force Sunday in DeSoto County on an unrelated charge and was charged Monday by MSU Police with capital murder.

Duntae Harvey, 21, also of Jackson, was arrested in Jackson by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force late the same day and charged with capital murder on a warrant from MSU Police.

Sanderson was shot late Saturday night at Evans Hall, a male residence hall on the MSU campus.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact MSU Police at 662-325-2121.

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The Associated Press

JACKSON — Two men have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Mississippi State University student outside a campus dorm room. The search continued for a third suspect.

Dontae Harvey surrendered to U.S. marshals at 7:30 p.m. Monday at a residence in Jackson. Supervisory inspector Rick Griffin said in a statement that marshals developed information on his whereabouts and gained cooperation from his family. Harvey was being held at the Raymond detention center and awaiting transport to Starkville, Griffin said.

Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with capital murder in the case.

The possible motive in the killing “will come once the investigation is complete,” said Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs. “Police do have some clues but nothing that is releasable information.”

MSU spokeswoman Maridith Geuder said the underlying charge that kicks in the capital murder charge is the sale of a controlled substance. She didn’t elaborate on the charges.

She said Jones, who wasn’t an MSU student, has requested an attorney.

A 1997 law passed in the wake of the Pearl High School shooting also makes a homicide on educational property a capital crime.

Sanderson, who had transferred from Holmes Community College, was shot multiple times outside a dorm room on the first floor of Evans Hall.

Kibler said Sanderson lived in Rice Hall, not Evans Hall. When asked why Sanderson was in Evans Hall on the night of the shooting, Kibler said he was “probably visiting.”

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Jones on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn., on an unrelated, outstanding robbery warrant from Jackson. Griffin said Jones was traveling north on a bus from Jackson under an assumed name.

Marshals were acting on a tip when they arrested him after the bus stopped in Memphis. Griffin said he wasn’t sure if Jones had planned to travel beyond there.

Geuder has previously said police received a call about the shooting at Evans Hall around 10 p.m. Saturday and police were on the scene within a minute. Sanderson was taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital, where he died.

Three men fled the building in a blue Crown Victoria, officials said.

The four-story Evans Hall holds about 300 male students and is located on the north side of campus.