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Three Vicksburg men facing capital murder charges after arrests in Texas

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Jacques Smith, Earnest Rogers and Jalen Hargrove all face capital murder charges in Texas.

Three former Vicksburg residents are facing capital murder charges in Texas after being arrested near Dallas last week.

Jacques Deshawn Smith, 21, is charged with capital murder in connection to two killings that occurred in the student dorm at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, on Feb. 3. Smith is accused of murdering his former girlfriend Abbaney Matts, 20, and her sister, Deja Matts, 19. Abbaney’s 2-year-old son was wounded in the attack but survived.

Sisters Abbaney and Deja Matts

Smith is also charged—along with Jalin Hargrove, 23 and Ernest Rogers, 26—of capital murder in connection to a robbery/homicide that occurred on Dec. 31, 2019, in Denton, Texas.

Denton police found Steven Daniels, 22, lying in the parking lot inside a gated apartment on New Year’s Eve around 11:30 p.m. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest about 40 minutes later.

Investigators found evidence connecting the three suspects to Daniels’ death in a search of Smith’s Rowlett Texas, home after the shooting at Texas A&M.

All three are well known to Dallas area law enforcement. Smith was arrested a week before killing the Matts sisters for violently attacking Abbaney Matts with a knife and beating her with a pan. He was released on a $15,000 bond for that incident.

The three also have records in Vicksburg. In 2017, Smith was arrested here in connection with a drive-by shooting. Rogers, who is reportedly Smith’s uncle, was convicted for assault in Vicksburg in 2016. Hargrove was arrested here in 2017 for assault and armed robbery.

Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon called the three men “very violent individuals,” in a news conference.

Facing capital murder charges for both incidents, Smith is in custody in the Hunt County jail. His bail is $1 million for each shooting, or $2 million total.

Hargrove and Rogers are being held in the Denton County jail. Their bails are $1 million each.

Ronni Mott contributed to this story.

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Vicksburg Police arrest two juveniles for auto burglary and shots fired; incident report for Feb. 22 to Feb. 23

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Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested two juveniles on charges of attempted auto burglary and shots fired on Saturday.

Police were called to the El Paso Mexican Grill (3419 Pemberton Square Blvd.) on a shots-fired call on Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m. The complainant said he caught the two juveniles trying to break into his car.

They ran toward the mall and fired three shots as they ran away.

Police arrested both juveniles, and they are currently in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

Vicksburg Police responded to two calls of auto burglary on Sunday, Feb. 23.

  • At 8:16 a.m., officers responded to an address in the 600 block of Belva Drive where the victim stated someone went into her 2005 Toyota Camry and stole a Tommy Hilfiger Bag containing $600 cash, social security cards and birth certificates. The vehicle had been left unlocked.
  • At 8:20 a.m., officers responded to Ameristar Casino, 4146 Washington St., where the victim stated that someone stole his state tax refund check out of his vehicle.

Vicksburg Police officers also responded to three calls of shots fired from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23. Officers found no evidence of shots fired at any of the calls.

  • Friday at 8:39 p.m., officers responded to the area of Rosedown and Alma streets.
  • Sunday at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Fayette and Locust streets.
  • Sunday at 3:37 p.m., officer responded to the 7000 block of Farmer Street.

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Vicksburg PD has captured third suspect in Feb. 8 Irene Street shooting

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The Vicksburg Police Department has captured Deontre Smith, 19, who was wanted for aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that occurred Feb. 8  on Irene Street in Vicksburg’s Kings community.

Sebastian Davis, 48, was shot once in the lower left abdomen, according to police at the scene, and was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Police arrested Kenan Kenneth Jackson, 17, and Carissa LaShae Branch, 22, the same day as the shooting, charging them both with aggravated assault with a firearm, attempted aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling and shooting into an unoccupied vehicle.

Kenan Kenneth Jackson and Carissa LaShae Branch (photos via VPD)

Smith will be housed in the Madison County Jail until his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Count on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

 

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Jackson Police issues BOLO for vehicle stolen in carjacking

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A 2018 Chevy Equinox similar to this photo was stolen in a carjacking in Jackson Monday morning.

The Jackson Police Department is asking that all area law enforcement “Be on the Lookout” for a 2018 Black Chevrolet Equinox with Mississippi license plate MAI 2868.

The vehicle was taken in a carjacking in Jackson this morning.

No suspect information was provided.

If you see this vehicle, please call 911.

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