Meridian Police Arrest Two Murder Suspects

Meridian Police have had their hands full, bringing two murder suspects into custody in one day.

The first was from a deadly shooting on July 31 when officers found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds.

"The incident occurred in the 1600 block of 6th Avenue," Det. Dareall Thompson says. "The officers responded to a shooting call that resulted in one person being deceased."

Both were sent to the hospital. The woman later died from her injuries, and based on some evidence found at the scene, Meridian Police charged Marquiz Merritt with the murder of the woman that police say was his girlfriend, Dereca Ramsey.

The second arrest stems from a violent carjacking June 20 in 21st Court. After weeks of searching, police found Jamarcus Reed at a nearby home.

"Detectives with the Meridian Police Dept. went and did a follow-up," Det. Thompson says. "They knew the suspect was in the residence. At that time, they were able to take the subject in custody."

Two victims were sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds that night. And another victim was found dead in the backseat of the stolen vehicle. Reed is the second suspect to be charged in this case.

"Cedric was taken into custody I believe two days after the incident," Det. Thompson continues.

Both Cedric Norman and Reed's charges include aggravated assault, carjacking, robbery, and capital murder. Thompson says investigators were able to link Reed to that night thanks to help from the community. Both Reed and Merritt's cases will be brought to Grand Jury.