HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (abc24.com) - Accused killer Rico Fleming made his first appearance in court since he was captured in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 10th.
Fleming appeared before Judge Mae Garrison in Marshall County, Mississippi on Jan. 12th, where he was charged with one count of murder and five counts of drive-by shooting. His bond was set at $1 million, although a request to have his bond revoked will be filed with circuit court due to his flight risk.
The 22-year-old was captured by U.S. Marshals at a relative's house after he had been on the run for over two weeks. He was apprehended just days after he was placed on TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Fleming is accused with two other suspects in an early Christmas morning drive-by shooting near Slayden, Mississippi along Highway 72 that killed 16-year-old Derica Patterson of Memphis and injured three others. 31-year-old Corey Albright and 16-year-old Christopher Collins are already in custody for identical charges.
Investigators said that the shooting appears to have stemmed from an altercation at a Slayden travel center between the suspects and victims.
Fleming, who was assigned a public defender, stated to the media that he was innocent. He is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 29th.