Bond denied for suspect in weapons arrest

Published 11:51 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019


NATCHEZ — A justice court judge on Monday denied bond for a man Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested after saying they found a cache of weapons and marijuana at his residence Saturday night.

Justice Court Judge Eileen Maher denied bond for Jadarrius McKnight, 19, of 114 Watts Ave., who faces charges of possession of schedule I marijuana with intent to distribute (with a firearms enhancement), resisting arrest and possession of a stolen weapon.

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McKnight’s arrest came late Saturday night after a drive-by shooting had occurred on the same block of Watts Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, injuring a man who was shot in the leg.

At the time, Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said he believes the guns would have been used in retaliation for the earlier shooting if they had not been confiscated Saturday night.

McKnight has a history of arrests, including being arrested in connection to a December 2014 shooting in Marilyn Heights, in which authorities said McKnight was one of three people who fired on three people who were driving through Marilyn Heights.

McKnight was 15 years old at the time, said ACSO Lt. Cal Green, but was initially charged as an adult with three counts of aggravated assault.

The case was later prosecuted in juvenile court, Green said, and the results are sealed due to McKnight’s juvenile status.

McKnight was one of several suspects charged in an Oct. 1, 2017, incident in which several men drove through Natchez shooting at people and killing Richard James Frazier.

McKnight was charged with aggravated assault in that case. However, when the case went to trial in November prosecutors abandoned charges against McKnight and three other suspects.

Prosecutors said they were confident the suspects whose charges were abandoned did not actively participate in the shootings based on witness testimony.

Green said McKnight’s history most likely contributed to the judge’s decision to deny bond.

In Saturday night’s incident, Adams County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group deputies were patrolling the neighborhood noticed suspicious activity at McKnight’s residence.

Deputies said McKnight jumped out of a back window and fled, and deputies chased him down.

The house owner allowed deputies to search the house and deputies said they found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber; a loaded Glock 23, which had been reported stolen from Vidalia; a loaded Glock 22; a loaded Phoenix Arms .25-caliber pistol; a loaded Anderson Arms AR-15 with a brass catcher; a loaded Chinese SKS rifle with a sawed off stock; another loaded Anderson Arms AR-15 with a brass catcher; 9 ounces of marijuana and a cell phone in the residence.

A brass catcher is a device that can be attached to a semi-automatic rifle to “catch” spent cartridges. Although target shooters who reload their own ammunition could use the devices to keep from having to hunt over the ground for spent casing, they can also be used by criminals to avoid leaving evidence in the form of a spent casing.