Police: Drug deal led to shooting at Starkville apartment complex

Attempted murder suspect Carson Clement arrives for his initial appearance in Starkville Municipal Court on Thursday (Photo By Faith Lifer, SDN).

Faith Lifer
Staff Writer

A Starkville Police Department detective alleges a shooting last Thursday at The Block Townhomes occurred during a drug deal.

Eupora native Carson Clement, 19, appeared in Starkville Municipal Court on Thursday for his initial appearance on one charge of attempted murder.

Marty Haug was present as Clement’s defense attorney.

According to a court document obtained by the Starkville Daily News through a public records request, SPD Detective Kenley Reaves alleges Clement attempted to kill the victim by shooting him “in the head and back multiple times causing serious bodily harm” on the evening of Aug. 16.

The victim of the shooting was identified as Bobby Spratt, Jr., who was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after being shot.

The Starkville Daily News reported earlier this week that investigators confirmed Spratt was in stable condition.

The document states the shooting occurred while Clement was in the process of purchasing or selling marijuana.

The shooting occurred on the 600 block of South Montgomery Street at an unidentified apartment within The Block Townhomes. Officers responded after the call was received around 10:20 p.m. that night.

Any further details on the cause of the shooting and the marijuana sale are still unclear.

Clement was arrested on Wednesday and transported back to Oktibbeha County from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said the case is still under active investigation.

During Clement’s appearance in municipal court, Haug waived Clement’s initial appearance rights.

He also delayed Clement’s bond hearing to Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.

Starkville Municipal Judge Rodney Faver had previously set Clement’s bond to $250,000, but the official bond will be set during the next hearing.

As of now, Aug. 29 is the next date Clement is set to appear in court. However, Clement may appear in court on Aug. 27.

“If you feel like you need to get it moved up,” Faver said to Haug of the bond hearing. “We can move it up to Monday at 6 p.m.”