Meridian Man Pleads to Two Counts of Capital Murder

A Meridian man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of two people in 2008.

Larry Jenkins, Jr., entered that guilty plea to two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Xavier Monroe and Preston Smith.

The two victims were found dead last year in Kemper County. The car they were in had been burned.

Jenkins will serve two life sentences for the crime. The plea deal helped him avoid the death penalty.

"The family members were given an opportunity to express their feelings," said assistant district attorney, Lee Ann Follett. "It was an emotional plea bargain, but we do feel like the state was served well in this circumstance. "

Investigators say the murders took place in Lauderdale County. The victims were then taken to Kemper County, where the car was burned with them in it.

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