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Four charged for murder of Jasper teenager

Quaddaris Sumlin (top left), Travis Bunch (top right), Keyshad Arrington (bottom left), Jeremy McKenzie (bottom right). Photos courtesy of Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Five suspects have been charged after a teenager was murdered in Jasper County over the weekend.

25-year olds Quaddarris Sumlin, Travis Bunch, Keyshad Donnell Arrington, and 21-year-old Jeremy McKenzie have been charged with first-degree murder after 18-year-old Mercedes Dudley was shot and killed in a car on Saturday.

22-year-old Marerria Granderson was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to murder on Tuesday.

The four original suspects were also charged with aggravated assault after 18-year-old Rosalind Taylor was shot but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff Randy Johnson said Dudley, Taylor and an unidentified man were riding in a vehicle when shots were fired into it; striking and killing Dudley. Bullets also wounded Taylor, and the third person inside the vehicle was not injured during the shooting.

Sheriff Johnson says there may have been gang-related activity involved in the case, but nothing has been determined and no solid motive has been found.

Sumlin, Bunch and Arrington were given a total bond of $275,000; $200,000 for the murder charge and $75,000 for the assault charge.

McKenzie’s bond was denied because of a previous indictment in Forrest County. Sheriff Johnson said that McKenzie claims to have no knowledge of the indictment, which was an accessory charge in a murder case.

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