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A Jackson couple facing charges in connection with a March shooting appeared in court Wednesday morning to discuss the statuses of their cases.

Jermal Marable, 28, and 20-year-old Tiffany Jones were both shackled as they appeared in court. Jones was brought into the Madison County Circuit courtroom of Judge Nathan Pride at the start of the session. Marable was brought in much later.

Marable and Jones were both indicted on July 29. Marable was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Jones was indicted on a charge of accessory after the fact.

During Wednesday's hearing, Pride was told by Jones’ attorney that a settlement was close to being reached with the District Attorney's Office after a counter offer on a plea agreement was made. The attorney asked for more time, requesting Oct. 9 as the next appearance date. Pride asked if issue could be resolved later on Wednesday, but the attorney said no. Pride set Oct. 9 as the plea cut-off date for Jones.

Pride was also told that an offer might be coming for Marable and Oct. 9 was also scheduled as Marable’s next court date. Marable smiled as he left the courtroom.

Jackson Police said at 4:28 a.m. on March 5, officers responded to the parking lot of 161 W. University Parkway. A woman told officers that she was driving in the area of Fairway Blvd. and Moize Cut-Off Road when someone shot at her from a Nissan Maxima.

The woman drove to the parking lot and the Maxima followed her to the parking lot before leaving, police said. The woman was not injured and there was no indication that her vehicle had been struck.

About 10 minutes later, an officer saw a car matching the description of the Maxima in the area of N. Royal Street and Oak Park Drive. The Maxima crashed into a utility pole near the intersection and the driver ran away.

While officers were working the crash scene, they found the gun. Investigators developed Marable as the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police said around 11 a.m. on March 22, investigators with the Jackson Police Department's Gang Unit and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Marable at the Travelers Inn, located at 2247 North Highland Avenue, in Jackson.

Marable was in the motel room with Jones, who investigators charged with being an accessory after the fact because she had prior knowledge that Marable was wanted.

Marable was also wanted for failure to appear in court in Morgan County, Tenn., police said. The underlying charge in Morgan County is aggravated assault.

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