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Pair charged with murder

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -Jackson police have charged two people, one of them an 18 year old, with capital murder in last Friday's shooting death of William Morris.

Benjamin Gunn and Dante Evans are also suspects in a crime spree that touched three counties and four violent crimes in Hinds County.

Even in shackles, 18-year-old Dante Evans is defiant. He and 22-year-old Benjamin Gunn are in police custody in Neshoba County after a brazen, broad daylight kidnapping attempt that ended with a stolen car crashed in front of the Golden Moon Casino and a stolen casino service truck abandoned in a driveway in Carthage. 

Jackson police investigators believe the pair's criminal activities began days before. On September 10th, police say Gunn shot Edrick Foggy in front of a duplex in the 800 block of Lanier Avenue. Foggy's condition is unknown. 

JPD spokesman Officer Colendula Green said, "It had been determined they got into an altercation. After the altercation, Gunn shot Edrick Foggy and fled the scene on foot." 

The violence escalated later that day when surveillance video outside the Super Saver Convenience Store showed 45-year-old William Morris clutching his side and collapsing at the door. He had been shot and later died of his wounds. Police believe it's Evans and Gunn in the video walking away from the scene after committing the crime. Evidence also points to the pair in the E.Com Motel robbery two days later on I-55 south. The clerk and a 12-year-old boy were shot in the abdomen. Both are expected to recover. 

In an afternoon press conference, Jackson police chief Rebecca Coleman said, "We do anticipate some additional arrests in regard to those incidents." 

Twenty-five-year-old Chasity Davis of Lena was arrested Tuesday with Gunn and Evans after the kidnapping attempt in the Philadelphia Walmart parking lot. The trio tried to stuff a woman in the trunk of her car but she escaped and they stole her car. 

Neither Gunn nor Evans are strangers to the law. Gunn's rap sheet includes a carjacking in 2009; two marijuana possession charges in 2008 and a business burglary arrest in 2006. Evans has a strong armed robbery charge on his record. It happened just last month. There is also a malicious mischief charge on Evans' rap sheet dating back to 2003 when he was 11 years old. 

The trio was arraigned in a Philadelphia jail Tuesday night after confessing to the crimes there. Bonds were set and all three were immediately transported to Jackson under heavy security.

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