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City of Jackson offers reward in O'Reilly's homicide case

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed O'Reilly's employee, Broderick Smith back in November.

There is now a total of 10 thousand dollars being offered to find the man's killer. But, the question is posed is this the first time the city of Jackson has offered up a reward in a homicide case.

"I think it's the city's willingness to fight crime, said Bill Dunson. "If people don't come forward and help out the criminals are going to run the city."

Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes authored an item and the city council approved it. A reward for $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing 36 year old Broderick Smith.

"I think it's a good idea," said Barnes. "I think they need to take all these criminals off the street. By the City of Jackson doing it, it should tell people that they are trying to crack down on crime."

Stokes said the money will hopefully come from the city's general fund.

"So, it's an incentive for people to come forward and stand up for their own rights," added Dunson. "Because these people are taking our rights and abusing them."

The question was posed, is this fair for the City of Jackson to offer a reward for this case and not other homicides in the city?

"It could be and it could not be," said Barnes. "I don't know, but they just need to take all the criminals off the street."

"I think it depends on the situation," added Dunson. "To offer a reward for everyone that's been killed is not really reasonable. In this situation he had just moved here."

Councilman Stokes said this is a heinous crime and it's is not the first time the council has approved a reward for finding someone's killers.

Crimestoppers is offering $2,500 and O'Reilly's is offering an additional 5,000 dollars.

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