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Teen can be tried as adult for four attempted murders in November shooting

A judge has ruled that a 16-year-old Jackson boy can be tried as an adult on charges in a Nov. 11 shooting, according to a Wednesday evening news release from the Jackson Police Department. Four other suspects are also facing charges in the shooting.

A judge ruled that Keondre Long, 16, may be tried as an adult on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and evading arrest in a Nov. 11 shooting.
The Jackson Police Department

The release said Madison County Juvenile Court Judge Christy Little made the ruling Wednesday that Keondre Long may be tried as an adult on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and evading arrest for his involvement in the shooting. The ruling came after a transfer hearing in which Little ruled that there was sufficient probable cause that Long committed the crimes and that he could be tried as an adult.

Police said Long was transferred from juvenile court to the Madison County Jail.

Investigators have learned that Long and four others; Corey Gray, 27; Casey Mackey, 20; Shenequa Ross; 20; and Hentrick Long, 17, all of Jackson, were involved in the shooting. The case against all five people, who are being held on $500,000 bonds, will now be presented to the Madison County grand jury, the release said.

Gray is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and evading arrest in the Nov. 11 shooting. Gray is also facing another attempted murder charge in a second, separate case in which he is charged with shooting an Alamo man and grazing the man’s 5-year-old niece on Nov. 9 in the parking lot of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Ross is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, felony evading arrest, felony evading by motor vehicle and unlawful possession of firearms.

Mackey is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, evading arrest and simple possession of marijuana.

Hentrick Long is facing charges on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and evading arrest.

Police said they released Hentrick Long's name because he was previously transferred from juvenile court to adult court.
In June, Little ruled that Hentrick Long could be tried as an adult for a March shooting. In that case, Hentrick Long is also facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission or attempt to commit a dangerous felony in a March 6 shooting of a 23-year-old Jackson man.

Hentrick Long was out on a $25,000 bond in the March 6 case at the time of the Nov. 11 shooting.

According to several affidavits of complaints, the suspects have admitted to their roles in the November shooting.

According to police, around 10:50 p.m. on Nov.11, officers responded to a call about shots being fired on Holland Avenue. Officers determined that shots were fired into a house, which is located at 88 Holland Avenue. The house was occupied by four people (ages 16, 21, 41 and 49) at the time of the shooting, but no one was hit. Shell casings were recovered from the scene of the shooting.

Ross’ affidavit said officers spotted a blue 1998 Ford Crown Victoria believed to be involved in the shooting. Police attempted to stop the car and were led on a pursuit.

The car crashed into a pole on the 600 block of Lexington Avenue and Keondre Long was thrown from the car. Gray, Mackey and Hentrick Long fled from the car, while Ross, who was the driver, was taken into custody for questioning. Three guns, which were also recovered from the car, were consistent with the casings recovered at the scene of the shooting, an affidavit said.

Keondre Long was transported to the Regional Medical Center (The Med) at Memphis in stable condition.

Gray, Mackey and Hentrick Long were arrested the next day. All suspects involved in the shooting continued to be held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond Wednesday night.

It was unknown Wednesday night if Keondre and Hentrick are related.

Last month, Jackson Police Captain Tyreece Miller said police believe the shooting on Holland Avenue, one in a series of shootings in a week’s time, was tied to the Nov. 4 homicide of 23-year-old Alexander Merriweather, of Jackson. Merriweather is the city’s ninth homicide victim, out of 11, this year.

The Nov. 11 shooting was the second time in a week that the same house on Holland Avenue had been shot at.

Jackson Police Deputy Chief Barry Michael said at 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 4, police were sent to East Pointe Apartments, located at 504 Daughterty, where Merriweather was found dead after being shot multiple times.

“He was sitting in the living room of an apartment when he was shot,” Michael said in November. “He did not live in that apartment.”
Michael said it was unknown at that time if Merriweather lived in the apartment complex.

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