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Billboard Hot 100-Topping Rapper Arrested for Murder in Mississippi, Officials Say

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Source: Panola County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Jul. 20 2023, Published 3:07 p.m. ET

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An aspiring rapper in Mississippi is behind bars after he was charged with murder, authorities said.

According to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Cadarrius Pride was arrested in connection with the death of Marcus Wheatley, 40, WAPT reported.

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According to officials, police responding to the report of a shooting around 12:30 p.m. on July 19 found Wheatley suffering gunshot wounds.

Pride, of Batesville, was identified as a suspect in the case, and police said that during the course of the investigation, family members notified authorities and indicated “Pride wanted to surrender.”


He turned himself in to police later that afternoon. Pride was booked into the Panola County Detention Center without bond on a first-degree murder charge, the sheriff’s office said.

Pride, known by the stage name Superstar Pride, hit the Billboard Hot 100 list this year with his song “Painting Pictures.”


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