Final Defendant of a Trio Responsible for the Death Of a Brandon Teenager receives a 50-year sentence

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Martez Harris received a 50-year sentence for manslaughter and drive-by-shooting, through a plea agreement. He is the final defendant of a trio who killed a Brandon teenager. Five years will be suspended from Harris’ sentence.

On April 10, 2009, the Brandon Police Department responded to a shooting and found Ricky Harvey, an 18 year old Brandon High School student, lying on the ground beside his bicycle. An ambulance was called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, law enforcement officials interviewed several individuals and determined that Harris and his co-defendants had been arguing earlier in the day with Harvey and others. The three defendants left Brandon and went back to Morton and retrieved a firearm. They then drove back to Brandon where they found Harvey on the sidewalk working on his bike. Harris was sitting in the back of the vehicle and rolled down the window of the car and shot eight times striking Harvey once in the head and killing him.

Investigators found several .22 caliber casings at the scene and within hours had arrested Martez and his co-defendants.

Guest stated, “Martez pulled the trigger of the gun that killed Ricky Harvey and he will now spend the large remainder of his life behind bars.”

Guest concluded, “We have to stop the violent trend of kids killing kids. Martez is an example of what happens when one kid kills another. This senseless crime has left one dead, three people behind bars, and has forever changed the lives of everyone involved.”

Guest concluded, “The Brandon Police Department did an outstanding job and conducted a comprehensive investigation that result in the arrest of all three defendants within hours of the murder. I cannot thank them enough for the work they do protecting us on a daily basis.”

The prior defendants, Corey Amos and Jeffery Donald, both received 20-year sentences for their role in the death of Ricky Harvey.