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.
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.