Suspects identified in Mudbug Festival shooting case; One suspect faces previous felony charges
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The teens arrested in connection with Saturday’s shooting at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival are facing multiple aggravated assault charges.
Berry is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault, while Trim is being charged with three counts, according to the Hinds County Jail’s website.
Both are being charged as adults.
Berry, meanwhile, has an extensive rap sheet, including carjacking, armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery.
According to court records, on or about September 14, 2020, Berry robbed two women in the 600 block of W. Porter Street. Berry allegedly took their cell phones and drove away in one of the victim’s vehicles. Also on September 14, he allegedly tried to rob a third victim in the 800 block of North Jefferson Street.
He was indicted on those charges by a Hinds County grand jury in December 2020.
Berry was indicted on additional charges the following August, also for crimes that allegedly occurred in September 2020.
According to an August 2021 indictment, on or about September 10, 2020, Berry and another individual stole a vehicle, keys, and cell phone from a person at gunpoint in the 2000 block of Willow Way Drive.
Berry was denied bond in Jackson Municipal Court on his initial charges. However, bond was later set at $100,000 per charge in Hinds County Court.
Hinds County Court Judge Johnnie McDaniels also ordered Berry to undergo a mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.
“The court, in accordance with all applicable laws and rules, does hereby find that there is reasonable ground to believe that the defendant is mentally ill and does therefore order that (he)… undergo a mental evaluation,” the judge wrote.
The results of that evaluation were sealed by a judge’s order in March. Berry is expected to go to trial on all six 2020 charges on July 11, 2022.
The teen was released last September on a $90,000 unsecured bond.
As a condition of his release, Circuit Judge Faye Peterson mandated that he live with a relative in Brandon, be enrolled in school, and maintain all appointments with mental health professionals.
Peterson also ordered Berry to report to a support specialist with the sheriff’s department at the Henley-Young Patton Juvenile Justice Center twice a month.
A previous bond order issued July 1 also required the defendant to submit to GPS ankle monitoring for six months and follow a curfew. Those provisions were removed as part of the September order.
Late Saturday night, Berry and Trim were taken into custody by Hinds County sheriff’s deputies following a shooting at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival.
One person was killed in the incident and five others were injured, according to authorities.
The deceased was killed by a law enforcement officer, and was believed to be one of the shooters.
The case is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. It was unclear if additional charges would be filed.
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