2 teens charged in I-55 shooting death


RIDGELAND — Two teens charged in the shooting death of another teen on I-55 two weeks ago remain in custody, the authorities say.

Ridgeland Police Lt. Brian Myers said that Marcus Luckett, 15, and Kevin Harris, 16, both of Canton were arrested in Canton last week.

Luckett is charged with the April 24 murder of Lakendric Cortez Francis, 16, of Canton. 

Luckett has not yet been issued bond and remains in the Madison County Detention Center. 

Myers said that the prosecution asked that bond be considered at Luckett’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 18. Luckett’s defense agreed.

Harris is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. 

Myers said that Harris will be charged as a juvenile and has been moved to a juvenile detention facility.

Ridgeland PD has located and seized the suspect vehicle, a tan Chevrolet Malibu in Jackson, Myers said. 

The incident occurred on I-55 on Saturday, April 24 when a vehicle, a black four-door Infiniti sedan traveling southbound, was shot into on I-55 as it passed through Ridgeland sometime after 1:30 p.m.

Myers said the driver, Francis, was deceased on the scene and that an adult passenger was sent to the hospital with minor injuries and released the same day.

The vehicle came to rest just in front of the Hyatt Place on I-55 near the Renaissance, Myers said. He said the call came in at 1:47 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Myers said no damage to other vehicles or injuries were reported.

The incident is believed to have stemmed from some sort of earlier argument between the parties, officers have said, and not believed to be a “road rage” incident. 

“The Criminal Investigations Division is working day and night to bring all parties involved to justice,” Myers said.

Myers said they have received assistance and cooperation with a number of surrounding agencies including Madison Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Canton Police and Jackson Police as well as the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

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