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Affidavit: Feud led four to shoot at man at Pass parade

AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALDA woman embraces two children near the intersection of Davis Avenue and Ladnier Street in Pass Christian after a shooting on Feb. 7.
AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALDA woman embraces two children near the intersection of Davis Avenue and Ladnier Street in Pass Christian after a shooting on Feb. 7. AP

Pass Christian police said they believe Malcolm Dedeaux Jr., embroiled in a feud, sought out Charles Johnson after a Mardi Gras parade and he and three others shot him in the midst of a crowd.

Isaiah "Winky" Lee Major III and Carlos "Los" Bates died and Johnson and three others were wounded Feb. 7 after the St. Paul Carnival Association parade.

Dedeaux, 23, faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault, as do his cousin Donald Dedeaux, 23; Jermaine Ratcliff, 26; and Ratcliff's half-brother Jessie Lee Williams Jr., 23.

Police have said Major, 43, of Bay St. Louis, and Bates, 29, of Gulfport, were bystanders hit by stray bullets.

What police say happened

An affidavit filed in Harrison County Justice Court shows what Pass police believe happened Feb. 7 as a block party was going on just north of the parade route on Davis Avenue.

Malcolm Dedeaux had been feuding with Johnson and another man since January, the document said.

Police believe Malcolm Dedeaux and four others had learned Johnson was in front of the Pass post office and they walked south to find him.

When Malcolm Dedeaux was about 10 feet from Johnson, he began shooting, and so did Donald Dedeaux, Ratcliff and Williams, according to the document.

Johnson, hit three times, returned fire.

The affidavit said one of the men with Malcolm Dedeaux's group was among those wounded.

One posts bail, three held

Donald Dedeaux has been released from jail on bonds that total $2.6 million. He was freed Wednesday.

"I'm dissatisfied with that," said Pass Police Chief Tim Hendricks, "but he has the right to a bond."

Malcolm Dedeaux and Ratcliff are ineligible to make bail. Malcolm Dedeaux is held on a probation warrant on a burglary conviction. Ratcliff is held on a probation warrant on a cocaine conviction; his bond has been revoked on a recent charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Williams has not been served yet with arrest warrants, Hendricks said.

Since the shooting, Williams' probation has been revoked on convictions for accessory to murder and drive-by shooting. Williams is in the custody of the state Department of Corrections.

Malcolm Dedeaux, Ratcliff and Williams also face charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Motive unclear

Police and court papers have not mentioned what the feud was about or a motive for the shooting.

However, the affidavit says Malcolm Dedeaux was feuding with Johnson and Rodney Burks.

Burks, 26, is one of the felons picked up in earlier arrests related to the investigation. He was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is held with no bond on a probation warrant on a burglary conviction.

Ratcliff also was arrested early on, and is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Johnson has not been arrested in the shooting, but was arrested on a federal probation warrant. He was on probation for a cocaine conviction.

Johnson was in a wheelchair when a federal judge revoked his probation April 1 and sentenced him to five years in prison.

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