Meridian Murder Suspects Make Initial Appearances in Court

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Meridian, Miss. The suspects in two separate Meridian murders each went before a judge on Thursday.

Meridian police say Jamarcus Reed is responsible for the shooting death of a man during a violent carjacking on June 20th on 21st Court. Detective Dareall Thompson says Reed is not eligible for bond on his capital murder charge and therefore, he will remain in police custody. Bond was lowered on the robbery, carjacking, and aggravated assault charges.

"We were able to locate the vehicle later that night," Thompson recalls. "That's when the officers discovered the deceased in the back of the vehicle."

Thompson says detectives were able to capture Reed after following up on a tip.

Meanwhile, Meridian police say Marquiz Merritt is facing a second degree murder charge for a shooting on 6th Avenue on July 31st that left one woman dead. Detective Dareall Thompson says Merritt's bond was initially set at $200,000, but Thursday a judge lowered that bond to $50,000. Merritt remains in custody, but his exact involvement in this case is unclear.

"I don't want to go into details because we have to present it to the grand jury and then it might have to go to trial," Thompson explains.

The victim in this shooting, 19-year old Dareca Ramsey, would have turned 20-years old this week.