Heidelberg man makes plea in 2018 murder case

Quaddarrius Marqun Sumling (left) appears in court in February 2019 while Assistant District Attorney Chris Hennis (right) reads an indictment against Sumling to Circuit Court Judge Stanley Sorey in Bay Springs.

A Heidelberg man has entered a plea agreement with the Mississippi Thirteenth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office in connection with a deadly drive-by shooting that took the life of 18-year-old Mercedes Angelique Dudley of Mendenhall in 2018.

Quaddarrius Marqun Sumling, 26-years-old at the time of the shooting, pled guilty to manslaughter Monday in front of Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen during proceedings held at the Jasper County Courthouse in Bay Springs.

“This was a senseless act of violence against innocent people. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office are working together to bring those responsible to justice,” explained District Attorney Matt Sullivan Tuesday afternoon.

Two others, Jeremy Oshea McKenzie, 30-years-old at the time of the shooting, and Tarvis Kentrell Bunch, 26-years-old at the time of the shooting, have also been accused in the alleged crime. All three men have been in custody at the Jasper County Jail since near the time of Dudley’s death.

Dudley was killed on March 24, 2018, east of Heidelberg near the Beaver Meadow Community. Two others, 18-year-old Rosalind Tykiara Taylor of Magee and 19-year-old Diyquavious Kardall Ellis of Laurel, were passengers in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Taylor was injured during the incident.

All three men, initially charged with aggravated assault and murder, were indicted by a Jasper County Grand Jury in February 2019. During court proceedings in mid-February 2019, Circuit Judge Stanley Sorey denied bond for Sumling and Bunch, who both appeared with court appointed attorneys in court and pled not guilty to charges. McKenzie, days after appearing with his attorney Jeannene T. Pacific out of Laurel, was also denied bond by Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen after he pled not guilty to charges.

“This case has not reached its conclusion, and I am hesitant to speak publicly concerning plea negotiations and/or the State’s evidence,” said Sullivan. “However, I can verify that Sumling has pled guilty, and he is awaiting sentencing for his part in the crime.”

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