MPD: Anesa Baker’s death was the result of gang rivalry

Mobile County

According to the testimony of a Mobile Police homicide detective, the shooting death of a Mobile teenager at The Grand Hall was the result of feuding gangs. 

Jamarkus Holifield, charged with the murder of 15-year-old Anesa Baker, appeared in court Monday morning where prosecutors presented some of the evidence against him.

Detective Julius Nettles says Holifield’s intended target that night was Jaymarcus Jefferson, who police say was a member of a rival gang. Jefferson was killed on Driftwood Drive less than a month later when his home was shot up in a drive-by shooting on April 23, 2018.  Courtney Moore has been charged with the murder of Jefferson in that incident.  The following day, Carey Wheat was shot and killed in an apparent retaliation shooting while he sat in his car on North Lafayette Street.  Mobile Police say the murders of Jefferson and Wheat stemmed from a dispute over a $5 dice bet.  Lacedrick Lindsey and Raheem Morrissette are both charged in the death of Wheat.

Prosecutors say while the shootings on Driftwood Drive and North Lafayette are not directly related to the Grand Hall incident, they involve the same people and stem from an ongoing gang rivalry.

New information also came out in court about the April 1, 2018 shooting at The Grand Hall.  According to the testimony, a fight began between two females inside the event venue on Halls Mill Road. 
Family members of the two girls were called and when they arrived the shots were fired, the investigator told Judge Bob Sherling.  Also revealed in court by Det. Nettles is that the parents of the girls have been identified as the shooters outside the building, but they have not been charged yet.

The detective says that casings from at least four different guns were collected as evidence outside the building and three 9mm casing were found inside.  Anesa Baker was shot inside the building where Holifield admitted being but claims he did not shoot, according to Det. Nettles.

Judge Sherling bound the case over to the grand jury.

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