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Seven on Your Side Action Report: Family wants answers in McGruder's Murder

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Douglas McGruder was 26 years old when he was shot and killed outside his apartment near Johnson Circle in Laurel on November 7, 2013.

His family says he was a loving father who was well known in the community.

"Every child out here knew Douglas McGruder. He was very known by Queensburg. Everybody knew him," his sister Anika McGruder said.

Frankie Hosey, Brittany Smith, Joshua McGill and Terrance Roberts were arrested in connection with McGruder's murder.

Six months later, a grand jury returned a no true bill, citing lack of evidence to convict the suspects. 

Three of the four suspects were released from jail. The family was outraged.

“They didn't even tell us they were going to let them out. We found out through facebook and other people,” Krystal McGruder said.

“They were telling us one thing, but the outcome was completely different. Not only were we affected by the outcome, also the accusers,” Lashaunda McGruder added.

The family contacted seven on your side for answers. We spoke with the new lead investigator on the case.

Officer Layne Bounds with the Laurel Police Department said, “We have made substantial steps in the investigation, we're going to take our time. We're going to make sure that it's done correctly, and we're going to go for the maximum time of prosecution we can get in this case.”

Just days ago, the McGruder family held a rally near Johnson Circle in Laurel demanding that those responsible for their loved one's death are finally brought to justice.

“Please get us justice for our brother's murder. We just want to know who. It could be someone right up under us. we just want to know who did this to our family,” Lashaunda McGruder said.

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