Second arrest made in West Point shooting

December 31, 2009 11:52:00 AM



WEST POINT -- West Point Police have made a second arrest in the Dec. 21 shooting at Kitty Dill Memorial Parkway, according to department officials. 


Capt. Mike Burgess, a detective with the West Point Police Department, said Deandres Rashad Bell, 18, of 918 Griffin St. in West Point, was arrested Wednesday morning. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  


He has been charged with the Dec. 21 shooting of Marcus Johnson, a Starkville juvenile who the WPPD said transferred to the West Point School District due to a history of violent discipline problems. 


"He is in custody at this time. His court date is scheduled for Jan. 5 2010 in West Point Municipal Court. Judge Mark Cliett is supposed to set a bond for Bell sometime today," Burgess said. 


Burgess said Bell was arrested at the WPPD. 


"Members of his family brought him in," he said. 


On Monday, WPPD arrested Michael Ball, 17, of 312 West Half Mile St. in West Point for the same crime. He also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. WPPD said although Bell is 17, he is being charged as an adult due to the severe nature of the offense committed.  


Bell''s court date has also been set for Jan. 5 in the West Point Municipal Court. 


On Dec. 21, Johnson was shot six times in the torso by a .38 caliber pistol while walking along Kitty Dill Memorial Parkway walking trail in West Point. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he remains in the hospital, but has been moved from the intensive care unit. 


One of the six shots lodged near Johnson''s spine. It is unknown if he will regain full use of his legs. 


The cause of the shooting is unknown, but officials speculate Johnson is a gang member in the same gang as his assailant.