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Second suspect charged in death of Copiah County family

(L-R): Atira Hughes-Smith, Jaidon Hill and LaTerry Smith were found dead Tuesday in Copiah County. (L-R): Atira Hughes-Smith, Jaidon Hill and LaTerry Smith were found dead Tuesday in Copiah County.
JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A second suspect has been charged in the death of three family members in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says 30-year-old Cedric Mason of Jackson was arrested late Wednesday. Authorities found the bodies at an abandoned house about a mile from their wrecked and burned out vehicle.

Mason is in jail and has been charged with two counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping. He was taken to University Medical Center for observation and is in the Copiah County detention center awaiting his initial appearance.

The charges come as authorities say they continue to gather evidence in the deaths of 7-year-old Jaidon Hill, 30-year-old Atira Hughes-Smith and 34-year-old LaTerry Smith, whose bodies were found Tuesday in Copiah County.

Authorities also report that LaTerry Smith was murdered in a house in the 1000 block of McDowell Road in Hinds County. Because the crimes were committed in both Hinds and Copiah counties, district attorneys from both counties will work together on the prosecutions.

Timothy Lydell Burns, the other suspect in this case, has been charged with two counts of murder and vehicle arson.

The 42-year-old Burns, in shackles and wearing a bulletproof vest, appeared Wednesday in Copiah County Justice Court. Judge Lillie McKenzie is ordering Burns held without bond and is appointing M.A. Bass as Burns' attorney. Bass could not be reached for comment.

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