Murder suspect waives preliminary hearing Monday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- A murder suspect in two separate cases appeared in court for the first time after his capture by U.S. Marshals last week. Jayvion Smith is charged in two separate crimes, including a double homicide here in the city of Meridian.

Jayvion Smith in court (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

Jayvion Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing for a double murder and a separate murder case.

"Once Mr. Smith has his own private attorney or is appointed to an attorney by circuit court, they may try to revisit the issue of a factual preliminary hearing. That why it was waived," said Meridian Municipal Judge Robbie Jones.

The double homicide happened May 29th on 44th Avenue in Meridian. Smith and Cedric Rogers are charged in that case.

"The facts I have before me know is Mr. Smith allegedly fired shots from the rear passenger door. It lead to a bullet wound of the driver and the death of the passenger," said Judge Jones.

Talimon Edwards and Elbert Carpenter, Jr. were killed in the double murder. The other murder happened about a week ago on 30th Avenue. Police say Ontario Drake was killed in that case.

"We just did our job in arresting the individuals that we feel that committed these acts," said Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose. "We're not patting ourselves on the back because someone did lose their life."

We asked Chief Dubose just how serious these charges are.

"A murder charge carries up to life in prison, but the capital murder charge could result in a death penalty,” said Dubose.

Judge Robbie Jones says Smith was denied bond due to the capital murder charge and an MDOC hold.

Chief Dubose says the investigation continues in these murder cases.