Capital murder suspects appear in court, two more charged

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian police have arrested two additional suspects in connection with the October homicide at Frank's Drive-In, bringing the total number of people involved in the death of Robert Trout to four.

"I don't want any pictures of me. Now listen. I don't want any pictures. Stop taking pictures. Now if I slapped that phone out of your hand then it'll be a problem," Meundre Sanders said as he left the Meridian Police Department courtroom Monday.

Sanders and Dystiny Davis weren't happy to see cameras rolling inside the courtroom Monday afternoon. Davis even shouted expletives at the media.

"You better turn that way or something. These handcuffs won't stop [expletive]," Dystiny Davis said.

In addition to capital murder, Sanders and Davis also face three counts of attempted murder, for firing gunshots that injured others in the business, and armed robbery.

Newscenter 11 also learned Meridian police made two additional arrests in Trout's death Oct. 16. Meundre Sanders' relatives, Christopher Sanders and Edward Sanders, are now behind bars.

Christopher Sanders is charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, armed robbery and felony possession of a weapon. Edward Sanders is charged with accessory after the fact.

All 4 suspects waived their right to a preliminary hearing and will face a grand jury.

The fact all four suspects face severe felony charges is a prime example, city officials say, of a city-wide effort to seek maximum punishment for criminals who commit crimes using a deadly weapon.

"If they are found to be guilty, or are implicated in crimes where deadly weapons are used and they plead guilty, we intend to utilize the system to its fullest extent to see that that type of conduct does not participate again in the city limits or the city of Meridian," City Judge Robbie Jones said.

Last year, city leaders held a news conference to talk about the crime crackdown.

"The judge is following suit,” Police Chief Benny Dubose said. “He is issuing maximum sentences on violation of our gun laws."

The police chief says he hopes a zero tolerance policy offers some sort of assurance to folks that live and work here and gets the bad guy's attention.

"Now that does not mean that defendants are not going to be afforded all the due process and rights they're entitled to. But, we do want the city to know that we are doing our best to protect them and their individual rights as they go about their business in the city of Meridian," Judge Jones said.

Christopher Sanders is not eligible for bond on the capital murder charge. Edward Sanders' total bond has been set at $220,000.