Detective: Investigators literally followed blood trail from shooting victim to suspect

Published 11:58 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Police say a blood trail led them to a Mississippi man they accuse in a deadly April shooting.

Meridian Police Detective Thomas Abate testified Tuesday that officers following the trail found Marcus Wooten leaning against a building with gunshot wounds.

Local news outlets report that Abate says Wooten shot and killed 30-year-old Tajh Forbes on April 28. The detective says bullets found in a gun match shell casings found where Forbes was shot.

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A witness tells police Wooten approached a car outside a makeshift Meridian bar and shot into the driver’s side.

Forbes was hit several times.

Abate says a passenger exited the vehicle and apparently shot Wooten, injuring him in the leg and hip.

Wooten attended Tuesday’s hearing on a wheeled stretcher and was returned to a hospital afterward.