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Family murder case - The criminal histories

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Many are questioning the motive, and what, if anything, links these individuals. So many unanswered questions, so we looked for a common link and this is what my investigation discovered.

 Even LaTerry Smith who was killed at his south Jackson home on McDowell Road had trouble with the law. In fact he was on probation according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The shooting victim was charged with burglarizing a resident in August of 2010. He was sentenced to two years probation. Records reveal his probation was revoked in 2012 for failure to report. Smith was sent to prison for a year. The murder victim was released 11 months ago, December 22, 2012.

Accused killer, Timothy Burns has a long rap sheet dating back to 1992 when he was convicted for possession of cocaine. Burns was busted again in 2008 for cocaine in January of 2009 he was charged with stealing a vehicle and grand larceny. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

The man accused of being his partner in crime Cedric Mason was also busted for drugs. Mason was convicted in Hinds County and sentenced to 10 years in prison. And five years probation. He was paroled in May of 2011. 

Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Thursday the motive for the family murders has yet to be determined. But investigators have theories about the killings and the connection between the suspects.

"All the dots will be connected once we get all the info in that's gathered and processed," said Strain.

We asked about other possible arrests in this case, authorities tell us nothing is being ruled out at this point.

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