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Timothy Burns sentenced for murdering 7-year-old and mother

The bodies of 30-year-old Atira Hughes Smith, her 7-year-old son Jaidon Hill and Hughes' husband, 34-year-old Laterry Smith were found inside an abandoned house off of Shelby Road in November 2013. The bodies of 30-year-old Atira Hughes Smith, her 7-year-old son Jaidon Hill and Hughes' husband, 34-year-old Laterry Smith were found inside an abandoned house off of Shelby Road in November 2013.
The abandoned house where the bodies were discovered. Source: WLBT Archives The abandoned house where the bodies were discovered. Source: WLBT Archives
Timothy Burns. Source: WLBT Timothy Burns. Source: WLBT

On Friday, Timothy Burns pleaded guilty and was sentenced on two counts of capital murder. 

That's according to Copiah County officials.

Burns was sentenced to two life sentences which will run consecutively, meaning he will serve the remainder of his natural life in prison without the benefit of parole.

Counts 3 & 4 of Rape and arson charges were dismissed.

Burns was charged in the deaths of 7 year old Jaidon Hill and his mother Atira, but not in the murder of Laterry Smith, who was killed in the same incident.

The 2013 search for the Smith family began when their vehicle was found burned out off Highway 18.

That led investigators to their bodies, found on November 2nd, in a wooded area of Copiah County.

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