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Triple homicide in Jefferson Davis County; victims identified

Authorities in Jefferson Davis County and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation have been working since 1:00 am Friday trying to piece together what happened at a home on 89 T.W. Bass Road in Carson. It all started when a 911 call came in from a concerned neighbor.

"The neighbor reported hearing gun shots fired and when our deputies arrived on the scene we found the Smith family," said Investigator John Wayne Tolar.

80-year-old Arvin Smith, 74-year-old Maxine Smith and their 48-year-old Roland Smith were all shot to death.

"One victim was shot multiple times and the other two victims were shot in the head," said Sheriff Ron Strickland.

Sources close to the investigation says Roland Smith was shot five times with AK 47. His parents killed with a shotgun. Authorities have questioned several suspects.

"We got some tips on some information about some stuff that took place before this incident happened last night," said Strickland.  

The Smith's nephew, Greg Dyess had his own thoughts.

"I think it was drug related, and I don't think it was a random act. I think it was planned act," said Dyess.

He says his cousin Roland was facing jail time on recent drug charges. Dyess says he believes those arrested in a recent drug bust in Marion County thought his cousin Roland had giving police information on their meth operation in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Dyess says regardless they were great people who did not deserve this.

"My aunt and uncle were just very humble people. They go to church, like to visit people, you could not ask for two better people," said Dyess.

Authorities say they believe this was not a random act of violence. Meanwhile, all three bodies have been taken to Jackson for an autopsy.

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