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Gulfport man pleads guilty to accessory charges in 2016 Pass Mardi Gras parade shooting

A Gulfport man whom police said withheld information from a shooting in which two people were killed after the St. Paul Carnival Association’s Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian in 2016 has pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to second degree murder.

Jermaine Rashod Ratcliff, 27, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to second degree murder on Thursday in Second District Circuit Court.

District Attorney Joel Smith said in a news release that Ratcliff will be sentenced at a later date, pending the resolution of Malcolm Dedeaux, Donald Dedeaux and Jessie Lee Williams Jr., who were indicted on December for the second degree murder of two parade attendees, Carlos Bates and Isaiah Majors. The three men also face aggravated assault charges.

The shooting happened Feb. 7, 2016 at the conclusion of the Pass Christian parade.

Smith said the court was made aware through Ratcliff’s plea that Malcolm Dedeaux had been feuding with Charles Johnson the day before the parade. A confrontation took place that led to an exchange of gunfire between both parties.

Ratcliff said in court that he knew that two people had been killed and others injured in the gunfire, but lied to police when questioned regarding information of who was involved in the shooting and what took place.

Dedeaux, Dedeaux and Williams Jr. are currently set for trial October.

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