On November 10, 2023, Deonte Carnell Taylor, an 18-year-old from Tunica, Mississippi, was taken into custody and charged with capital murder in connection with a triple homicide near a gaming property in Robinsonville. The victims, Tednequa Tenice Moore, Deshun Montarrio Isabell, and Steven Dewayne Burts, were fatally shot while in a car near the casino. The car was riddled with bullets, crashed into a utility pole, and burst into flames on Casino Center Drive.
In addition to the capital murder charge, Taylor also faces four counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and four counts of conspiracy to commit a crime. It is believed that additional suspects may also be arrested in connection with the shootings.
The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) reported that one of the men in the car was under surveillance by the suspects, suggesting that the victims were targeted. Moore’s father, Teddy Moore, expressed his confusion and shock at the senseless violence, revealing that there had been rumors of a feud between his daughter’s boyfriend and the suspects.
Furthermore, Moore recounted warning his daughter about the potential danger posed by her boyfriend’s enemies. He had heard that the suspects had targeted her boyfriend in the past, leading to the shooting that ultimately claimed the lives of three individuals. Robinsonville, located approximately 30 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee, is home to several casinos, one of which was near the scene of the fatal shootings.
Taylor, if convicted, could face the death penalty for the capital murder charge, and he is currently being held without bail at the Tunica County Jail. The victims, including the pregnant Tednequa Tenice Moore, tragically lost their lives as a result of the horrifying event.