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Murder victim's family sees suspect face to face

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One of the three men charged with capital murder in a gas station holdup appeared before a Jackson municipal court judge Thursday.

Security guard James McKinney was shot and killed last Tuesday. Thursday's court appearance allowed McKinney's family to face one of the men accused of playing a role in the killing of a man they loved.

It was just over one week ago when Eddie Liddell's nephew, 54-year-old security guard James McKinney was shot and killed while working at a Shell gas station.

Liddell said, "it was just senseless, it was just senseless and I'm just still heartbroken over what happened."

Thursday afternoon, Aaron McNair, one of three suspects in the crime was denied bond during an initial court appearance.

McNair, Kameron Woodard and Derrick Johnson are charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.

Liddell said her nephew was laid to rest Monday.

 "He loved living, he loved life and they stole that from him and he was the kind of person that would have given you the shirt off of his back and the last dime in his pocket."

Liddell wanted to see Woodard and Johnson when they were in court Monday, but that was the day of McKinney's funeral. So on Thursday, Liddell made sure she saw McNair face-to-face.

 Liddell said, "I just wanted to lay eyes on him in person. I've seen him on television, but I wanted to lay eyes on him in person and when I did it was an eerie feeling because really what I wanted to do was ask him why?"

McKinney's family is happy justice is being served, but they say life won't be the same without their loved one.  

"The world has really lost somebody that was a good person a hardworking human being," said Liddell.

Preliminary hearings for all three suspects are expected in about three weeks. 

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