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Quitman County murder suspect captured in Memphis

The search for Quenten Cortez Taylor headed to Desoto County last week when law enforcement there got a tip he was in Horn Lake.

HORN LAKE, Miss — UPDATE 12/8/2021 - U.S. Marshals said 21-year-old Quenten Cortez Taylor, wanted for murder in Quitman County, Mississippi, has been captured Memphis.

Taylor was arrested on two counts of felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Investigators said Taylor was involved in a shooting October 24, 2021 at the Marie Lyles Meadows Apartments in Crenshaw that left two dead and three injured.

Marshals said they tracked Taylor to Memphis Wednesday morning, and found him at an apartment complex off Garden Grove Circle in Raleigh. The marshals said they knocked and announced their presence, evacuated the apartment, then talked Taylor into surrendering.


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Quenten Cortez Taylor

12/2/2021 - Law enforcement from across Desoto County, Mississippi, are searching for a murder suspect out of Quitman County.

The Public Information Officer with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department said Horn Lake Police received a tip Thursday morning that 21-year-old Quenten Cortez Taylor was in the city. Officers arrived at the home in the area of Laurelwood and Shadow Oaks in Horn Lake, but said Taylor ran away.

Horn Lake Police were joined by Desoto deputies and Southaven officers in their search of the area.

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Scene in Horn Lake, Mississippi, where law enforcement from Desoto County are searching for Quenten Cortez Taylor, wanted on murder charges out of Quitman County, Mississippi.

The Quitman County Sheriff's office said Taylor is wanted for a double murder on October 24, 2021 at the Marie Lyles Meadows Apartments on Jones Street in Crenshaw. Investigators said five people were shot, and two died. The other three injured have been released from Regional One Hospital in Memphis.

Taylor is wanted on two counts of aggravated felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

Investigators said he's also a person of interest in shootings in Tate and Panola Counties dating back to 2019. 

Investigators said Taylor is from Desoto County.

Taylor is described as 5’9” to 5’11” tall and bout 130 to 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, white-washed jeans, and an orange t-shirt.

If you see Taylor or know any information about his whereabouts, call police immediately.

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