MARSHALL COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) – The manhunt is on for Marshall County, Mississippi’s Christmas Day killers.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for two men they believe killed a 16-year-old Memphis girl on Christmas morning, and they believe the killers are still in the Mid-South.
Deputies believe that 22-year-old Rico Fleming and 31-year-old Corey Albright fired the shots that killed Derica Patterson and wounded three others around 2:30am on December 25, 2011.
“We do have murder warrants on both the suspects,” Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson told abc24.com.
The suspects sprayed the car in which Derica was riding; bullet holes ran the length of the vehicle, as many as twenty shots.
“We could just as easily had four or five killed,” Dickerson said. “I can assure you it was numerous rounds, probably fired by two different assault rifles.”
Rico Fleming is not stranger to local law enforcement. Fayette County has had warrants in the past on Fleming for shootings and aggravated assault. A Fayette County Sheriff’s spokesperson confirmed Fleming is still wanted there for a probation violation.
Albright, the older suspect, may also be known as Corey Morris.
Both are charged with one count of murder and five counts of drive by shooting.
Sheriff Dickerson stated, “We believe without a doubt we do have the two suspects identified who are responsible for this tragic occurrence.”
“I do want them to know they took somebody,” said Derica’s mother, Carol Patterson. “All I know is I love my baby and she ain’t coming back.”
Local law enforcement in Memphis and Shelby County are assisting in the investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Corey Albright or Rico Fleming is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274).