Mya King, 23 years old, of Enterprise, was gunned down in her car Monday night in Quitman while her 15-month-old child sat in a car seat inches behind her. King was caught in a crossfire while two individuals, ShCorey Ross, 19, and Derrick Nettles, 26, allegedly tried to rob her and Kenneth McGowan who was sitting in the passenger seat.
According to Sheriff Todd Kemp, shots rang out in town around Stainback Street and was called in to 911 dispatch around 7:25 p.m. Police officers responded immediately and saw one individual fleeing the scene. The officer took the male into custody. A sheriff’s deputy who also responded spotted another individual fleeing behind the Clarke County Co-op and took him into custody as well. Both individuals were armed, according to Kemp.
At the scene, officers found King sitting in her vehicle with an apparent gunshot to the head and one in the shoulder. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Another male that was inside the mobile home on the property was taken into custody as well.
“Law officers worked overnight investigating this case,” said Sheriff Kemp. “We believe this was a robbery gone bad over an ounce of marijuana. The two robbers live at the trailer, and we believe the marijuana was being brought to the house.”
ShCorey L. Ross, 19, and Derrick B. Nettles, 26, were both arrested and charged with capital murder.
Kenneth McGowan, 24, was arrested and charged with weapon possession by a felon.
According to Kemp, he believes McGowan shot back in self-defense against Ross and Nettles, and King was caught in the crossfire between the three. A total of eight rounds were shot from the handguns in the close quarter combat between the shooters. King’s body has been sent to Jackson for autopsy.
“It’s tragic this young lady lost her life during a gun battle from individuals shooting and robbing one another over an ounce of marijuana,” stated Kemp. “The general public wants to know why we work so hard to try and fight drugs; this is why! This is why! This is about the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard of someone killing someone over an ounce of marijuana. It doesn’t make any sense to me! I’m angry! When I get cut down by the general public and someone on social media cuts us down for doing our job, it really ticks me off. This is why we do what we do!”
The three suspects had an initial court appearance on Tuesday afternoon, but information was not available at press time. Watch our website at www.clarkecountytrib.com for updates on this case.