4 charged with murder of 18-year-old found dead in Holly Springs National Forest

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 10:47 AM CDT
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YALOBUSHA CO., Miss. (WMC) - Four people are charged with murder after an 18-year-old from West Memphis was found dead in Holly Springs National Forest.

Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department announced 22-year-old Alicia Jackson, 23-year-old Brandon Jackson, 23-year-old Bralin Jackson and 27-year-old Devin Smith were taken into custody for the death of Fredarrious Wilson.

All four are charged with first-degree murder and were given a bond of $1 million each.

Wilson, a high school senior, was found in a remote area of Holly Springs National Forest between Coffeeville and Oakland on March 8, three days after he was reported missing.

Yalobusha County District Attorney Jay Hale said, “Given the nature of where we were, on scene, we had a good idea that our suspected individuals were going to have knowledge of the area.”

Deputies say Wilson was shot multiple times, and that he knew at least one of the suspects.

“I have confirmed that this was not a random act. Mr. Wilson was known to one of these individuals that we have in custody,” said Hale.

The 17th Circuit Court DA would say who Wilson knew, but did say three suspects are related to each other and all four suspects are from Coffeeville in Yalobusha County.

“We don’t see this type of activity that often down there. We have had our homicide cases through the years, certainly finding an individual who is not local to the Yalobusha community was extremely strange,” said Hale.

The suspects won’t have a court date until the grand jury meets, which is not until June.

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