GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - We have new information about what sparked the deadly shootout after the Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade. According to court documents, two of the men under arrest had been in an ongoing feud before bullets started flying on February 7.
Though investigators have not offered details about the feud, court papers say Malcolm Dedeaux went looking for Charles Johnson after the Pass parade when he learned that Johnson was close by.
Five of Dedeaux's friends went along, and according to the investigator's affidavit, when Dedeaux and his friends got within 10 feet of Johnson, they started shooting. Two men, Carlos Bates and Isaiah Johnson, were killed in the exchange of gunfire.
Three of the six arrested in the case made their initial court appearances Monday in the Harrison County jail courtroom.
Dedeaux and Jermaine Rashod Ratcliff are each being held on $2.7 million bonds. They're charged with two counts of second degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a felon. Donald Dedeaux is charged with two counts of second degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a $2.6 million bond.
Three other men arrested Friday have yet to have their initial court appearances. Jessie Lee Williams, Jr., Jermaine Ratcliff and Charles Johnson are being held in the Harrison County jail.