Capital murder suspects back in Meridian, faces multiple charges

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Two capital murder suspects accused of killing the owner of a local business are back in Meridian Police custody.

Meundre Donshay Sanders and Dystiny Davis were arrested in Killen, Texas last week. They were transported by officers and booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center late Thursday night. Both suspects are charged with capital murder, armed robbery and three counts of attempted murder after an attempted armed robbery at Frank’s Drive-In in October.

We spoke to some locals on how safe they feel in wake of recent crimes.

“I’m from Philadelphia, so growing up in Philadelphia it’s just a safe place to me there. But, since I’ve moved to Meridian, I just don’t feel that same safety anymore,” local Katie Crawford said.

“Well you know for my age I’m in my middle 30’s. You know I feel pretty safe as far as myself goes. But I think there are a lot of other people who don’t feel that safe due to the crime rates here. It’s getting worse, everybody’s trying to move out of the city. Move into the counties. Move into other areas,” local Joshua Lee Graves said.

A few people say they’ve even gone as far to change their daily routines.

“People always told me that when you grow up that and you have kids that your safety just in every day changes. And I’ve noticed that with her. Like I either try to take her home or I do it just through the day,” Crawford said.

Sergeant Darrell Thompson says the Department is still gathering information, but says at least one other person could face additional charges. A few locals say they would like to see more of a police presence to renew their sense of safety around the city.

“Well, they can do a little bit more with the security around the area where we live at. You know, it’s too much crime going around over here but it can peeped up a little bit,” local J. Chapman said.

The owner of Frank’s Drive-In, Robert Trout, was killed in the shooting, and three others were seriously injured. The preliminary hearing for Sanders and Davis is scheduled for Monday at noon. Bond was denied for both suspects on the capital murder charge.