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Fall circuit court docket includes 3 murder suspects

October 14, 2012

By NATHAN GREGORY
citybeat@starkvilledailynews.com

Three murder suspects arrested after a March 24 Mississippi State University shooting death are scheduled to appear in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Monday when the court’s October term begins.

Trent Deundra Crump, 22, of Flowood, Duntae Harvey, 22, of Jackson and Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson are each charged with one count of capital murder in connection to the shooting death of former MSU student John Sanderson in an Evans Hall dorm room.

The three suspects are scheduled to appear in front of Judge Lee Howard.
After an almost 64-hour search, authorities in three different states arrested the suspects in connection with the homicide. Jones was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Memphis, Tenn.

after fleeing the state on a Greyhound bus. Harvey surrendered peacefully at a Jackson apartment complex to marshals. Crump surrendered to Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies in Florida after escaping Mississippi by vehicle. All three were charged with capital murder with the sale of a controlled substance as the underlying charge and were extradited to Mississippi.

Crump was arraigned during the court’s summer term July 26. His pending court date at the time was set for Oct. 29, but the latest docket lists him to appear Monday.

Also scheduled to appear before Howard this week is Lance Kennedy, who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug possession after the death of MSU student Teresa Veal in February.

Kennedy is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of sale of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear Thursday.

Coroner Michael Hunt confirmed that Veal ingested a leathal dose of heroin and cocaine on Feb. 4 while at Kennedy?s residence at Dawgs Landing apartment complex.

The trial of Archie Quinn, 51, was originally on the docket to appear before Howard on Monday but was continued.

Quinn is charged with fatally shooting Stacy M. Gray and wounding Terry Johnson at the latter’s home on West Sand Creek Road on Sept. 28, 2008.
Between the 85 total cases Howard and Judge Lee Coleman are scheduled to hear during the term’s first week, 37 are drug related. Those cases include sales of controlled substances, obtaining substances by fraud, possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine, manufacturing and possession of marijuana sale or transfer of hydrocodone and one possession of precursors case.

Also scheduled to be heard between the two judges are nine aggravated assault cases, seven grand larceny cases, six DUI cases, six armed robbery cases, four automobile burglary cases, two possession of child pornography cases, two embezzlement cases, two false pretense cases, two possession of contraband in jail cases, two false pretense cases two malicious mischief cases two identity theft cases, one statutory rape case, one forgery case, one case of uttering counterfeit bills among others.

Monday begins the first of the three-week fall term, which is scheduled to run through Nov. 2.

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