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Attorney asks for suspect in Christmas drive-by to turn himself in

Rico R. Fleming, photo courtesy Marshall County Sheriff's Department. Rico R. Fleming, photo courtesy Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

(WMC-TV) - One of the suspects wanted for killing 16-year-old Derica Patterson early Christmas morning has a long criminal history.

Rico Fleming is on the TBI's most wanted list.  The defense attorney who represented him in some of those cases said Friday he hopes Fleming turns himself in.

"He's a young man that I think, in my personal opinion, is quite troubled obviously," said Defense Attorney Jay Bailey.

Fleming is a fugitive in Tennessee on a probation violation.  In Mississippi, Patterson died in a drive-by shooting in Marshall County, for which Fleming faces a murder charge.

"I've spoken with his family and I've reached out to some people who I thought might be in contact with him," said Bailey.  "I want to see this young man turn himself in.  I've offered to bring him in."

Fleming has a lengthy arrest record in Fayette County, including two different previous shootings.  His probation is for one of them.

"The case had proof problem," said Bailey.  "The victim in at least one of the shootings had told a story that didn't pan out."

Bailey said he regrets Fleming has been accused in another shooting and hopes a violent past does not lead to a dramatic end.

"I've heard reports that he told an aunt he would not be taken alive," said Bailey.  "I would hope that at some point he would see the reasonableness in coming forward, giving somebody a call and letting us bring him in so that he is not taken in a fight out in the middle of the street with law enforcement.  He would lose that fight."

The TBI considers Fleming armed and dangerous.  There is a $1,000 reward in this case.  If you know his whereabouts, investigators ask you call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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