Murder charges dropped in 2008 Marion County case

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Betty Broom and Roderick Smith will never forget the gruesome scene they saw in August of 2008.

"The house is messed up, there's blood everywhere, blood in the truck," said Broom.

"It was pretty grizzly; it was brutally done," said Smith.

Broom's son Danny Blansett was killed along with Smith's brother Brett in Kokomo.

Jason, Jack, and Jonathan Walker were all charged with the murders. Jason Walker was never found.  Stacey Walker was also charged with accessory after the fact, but he died of a brain tumor last October.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says all of the murder charges have been dropped.  Investigators said they met with 15th District Attorney Hal Kittrell and decided there was not enough evidence.

Blansett's mother said she believes there is enough evidence in the case. She believes the original suspects are still responsible for her son's death.

"When you find blood in the truck blood all over the house, you know you've got to have something there that can lead them to who did it," said Broom

Smith, however, said he will take investigators words.

"I want the right people, and I don't want the wrong person incriminated on this," said Smith. I definitely do want the right people and we need help to get that done."

Smith and Blansett said life has been difficult without their loved ones. They are just hoping this case will someday be closed.

"Somebody knows about this incident and if they would just come forward and give some information it would tremendously help Marion County law," Smith said.

"I know their day is coming and they will have to pay for it when judgment day comes but I would love to go in that courtroom and see the ones that did that to my son," Broom said.

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