Supervisors increase reward in slaying of O'Reilly employee - - Jackson, MS

Supervisors increase reward in slaying of O'Reilly employee

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two gunmen stormed into O'Reilly Auto Parts last month, telling 36-year-old Broderick Smith to open the safe. When he told them he didn't know the combination, they killed him.

Now, Hinds County supervisors are joining forces with Jackson city officials to get this case solved.

"It's a horrendous act that was committed on Nov. 18," said Hinds County District One supervisor Robert Graham. "No one ever expects to go to work and the next thing that happens, you become a casualty because of the contents of a cash register or safe." 

Graham said the heinous nature of Smith's death meant one thing to him: bring those responsible to justice.

"We can provide money from the county to assist in getting these two individuals -- I don't really want to call them "individuals" -- these murderers off of the street," said Graham.

Supervisors voted unanimously Monday morning during their regular meeting to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those two individuals who robbed O'Reilly's and killed Smith.

Last week, the Jackson City Council voted to contribute $2,500 to the cause.

CrimeStoppers and O'Reilly's offered reward money as well.

The grand total now stands at $11,000.

"Someone knows who committed this particular act, and it's time for the community who also knows to give him up," said Graham.

November proved to be busy for Jackson's major crimes unit.

Smith's murder is one of three unsolved homicides that month alone.

So why offer a reward in this case when there have been other unsolved cases in Jackson with no reward?

"It's more of a symbolic stand," said Graham. "I think more that we're willing to do more to assist the police, and I think that by showing that we're willing to appropriate money, shows the commitment that we have from the county."

Graham adds that the money will come from discretionary funds set aside for his district.

So far, police have not released information about any new leads in the case, but they're hopeful that will change.

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