Crime

He shot a man during a drug deal then went outside and shot a witness, too, cops say

Torre Mandrell Clark
Torre Mandrell Clark

Court testimony alleges the suspect in a double homicide at The Reserve at Three Rivers apartments shot one man in a drug deal dispute before going outside and shooting the driver of a car who was waiting for the other man to come out.

Torre Mandrell Clark, 35, faces two counts of first-degree murder, which carries maximum penalties of life without parole. He is accused in the May 13 slayings of Biloxi residents Fredrick Robinson, 40, and Terry Singleton, 45, at the apartment complex on Three Rivers Road, just south of Dedeaux Road.

Allegations against Clark came out in a bond hearing Wednesday at the Harrison County jail, said Herman Cox, county prosecuting attorney.

Police have witnesses and phone records that confirm the three were at the apartment complex at the same time and that Clark fired shots in an apartment and in the parking lot, Cox said.

“There’s arguing in an apartment over issues involving a drug deal, and that’s where he shot the first victim,” Cox said.

“He’s knows he’s got a witness outside, so he goes out and shoots the second victim in the parking lot.”

Robinson was the one shot in an apartment, Cox said, and Singleton was shot while in a parked pickup truck. Police were called to the scene at 7:21 p.m. because of the gunshots and a crash, and soon found Robinson dead in an apartment.

Police discovered Clark had fled in a blue Infiniti and put it in storage in Slidell before he left town, Cox said.

U.S. Marshals found Clark May 19 at a hotel in Meridian.

The shootings raised concerns among neighbors at The Reserve, where the truck Singletary was in had struck a resident’s car, which struck the front of an apartment and a support pole. One woman told the Sun Herald her boys had been playing in front of the apartment an hour earlier.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray declined to reduce Clark’s bonds, which total $2 million. Ray ordered the case turned over to the next Harrison County grand jury.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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