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Published on May 15, 2024
Multi-State Manhunt Ends as U.S. Marshals Capture Mississippi Murder Suspect in MemphisSource: Google Street View

After eluding law enforcement for several weeks, U.S. Marshals put an end to a multi-state manhunt by nabbing a Mississippi murder suspect in Memphis. The arrest of Markavis Sanders, a 20-year-old Fayette County, Tennessee, suspect, marked the close of a frantic search initiated after the homicide of 21-year-old Jaquavion Markell-Ball on April 19, in Holly Springs, MS, as reported by the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to details released by the U.S. Marshals, Markell-Ball was fatally shot on College Street and North Boundary at the city park, prompting the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sanders on April 24. With the case growing cold, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) in Mississippi took charge of the fugitive's capture on May 1. Their investigation eventually pinpointed Sanders' hideout to Memphis, Tennessee, leading them to enlist the aid of the local Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force (TRVFTF).

On May 10, after days of cooperative sleuthing, the teams tracked Sanders down to a residence in the 5700 block of Winter Tree, as per the U.S. Marshals Service. The U.S. Marshals' GCRFTF and TRVFTF, in concert with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Teams, moved in for the arrest. Sanders was apprehended without any drama, and he currently awaits extradition to Mississippi to face charges.

The TRVFTF, a multi-agency initiative focused within Western Tennessee, boasts offices in Memphis and Jackson. Its ranks are filled with Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis and Jackson Police Officers, the Tennessee Department of Correction Special Agents, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Since 2021, this formidable task force has rounded up over 2,600 violent offenders and sexual predators, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to shielding the public from elements that would threaten peace and order.