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3rd suspect arrested in Miss. University shooting

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A third suspect in the shooting death of a Mississippi State University student has been arrested in Florida.

Richard Griffin, supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Trent Crump, 21, was being held in the Alachua County jail near Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday.

Griffin said family members helped convince Crump to surrender.

Investigators with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation developed information that Crump was traveling to the Gainesville area and notified the U. S. Marshals Task Force, said agency spokesman Warren Strain.

“Mr. Crump is under lock and key,” Strain said.

Crump, of Flowood, along with Duntae Harvey, 21, and Mason Jones, 21, both of Jackson, are charged with capital murder in the death of John Sanderson of Madison. Sanderson was killed outside a dorm room in Evans Hall Saturday night.

Jones was arrested Sunday in Memphis, Tenn. Harvey was arrested Monday by marshals in Jackson.

The possible motive in the killing “will come once the investigation is complete,” said Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs. “Police do have some clues but nothing that is releasable information.”

MSU spokeswoman Maridith Geuder said the underlying charge that kicks in the capital murder charge is the sale of a controlled substance. She didn’t elaborate on the charges.

Sanderson, 21, who had transferred from Holmes Community College, was shot multiple times outside a dorm room on the first floor of Evans Hall.

Kibler said Sanderson lived in Rice Hall, not Evans Hall. When asked why Sanderson was in Evans Hall on the night of the shooting, Kibler said he was “probably visiting.”

Geuder has previously said police received a call about the shooting at Evans Hall around 10 p.m. Saturday and police were on the scene within a minute. Sanderson was taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital, where he died.

Three men fled the building in a blue Crown Victoria, officials said.

The four-story Evans Hall holds about 300 male students and is located on the north side of campus.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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