Double murder charges likely to be upgraded - - Jackson, MS

Double murder charges likely to be upgraded

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Charges in a weekend double homicide will likely be upgraded to include a third homicide, once autopsy results are complete.

Jackson police say 23-year-old Janis Nicole Evans, and 29-year-old Stephanie Denise Mejia were fatally shot without warning Sunday on Ventura Drive.
Investigators say there were possibly two shooters who could now be charged with another murder in the same case because
family members say Evans was three months pregnant.

Aafram Sellers, a Jackson defense attorney said,

"With a child at any gestation, any part of gestation, you have whoever committed this act can be charged with the murder of that child and if, depending on the facts could actually be charged with capital murder because of the resulting death of the child," said Jackson defense attorney Aafram Sellers.

Sellers says the law is clear when it comes to homicides involving pregnant women, and leaves little room for defense arguments.

"If a mother just recently found out she was pregnant she's early in the stage and this were to happen, it doesn't give any difference to that you are on the hook for the murder of this child," Sellers added.

Witnesses said they saw two men running from the scene of the crime, dressed in dark clothing. Jackson police continue to follow up on leads in the case, but aren't releasing any suspect information at this time, or possible motive that would drive someone to gun down two women, one of which was pregnant, in broad daylight.

Autopsy results were still incomplete early Tuesday evening.

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