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Suspect In Texas A&M Commerce Double Homicide Charged In New Year’s Eve Murder



The suspect in the deadly shooting of two sisters at Texas A&M University-Commerce this week, Jacques Smith, now faces a third count of capital murder added for the death of Steven W. Daniels Jr.

The 22-year-old father was shot at his Denton apartment on New Year’s Eve.

Denton Police have charged two other men as well in connection to his death.

Jalin Hargrove, 23, and Earnest Rogers, 26, were taken into custody after Denton Police detectives found evidence at Smith’s Rowlett home. Both men remain in the Denton City Jail. Their bond is set at $1 million each.

Smith’s criminal history includes charges for several aggravated robberies, thefts and evading arrest incidents.

Multiple law enforcement agencies told CBS 11 News they’re happy he’s behind bars.

“They didn’t just impact families in Denton, they didn’t just impact families in Texas A&M commerce, they impacted families not just across those jurisdictions but beyond,” said Denton police Chief Frank Dixon.

Smith is accused of killing sisters Deja, 19, and Abbaney Matts, 20, and injuring Abbaney’s 2-year-old child at Pride Rock residence hall.

According to family members, Smith was Abbaney Matts’ ex-boyfriend. Authorities were able to identify Smith as the suspect through surveillance video and tips from witnesses.

School officials said Deja Matts of Garland was a freshman at the university while Abbaney was not a student there.

It was later learned that Smith was arrested on Jan. 27 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Dallas County.

An affidavit details the assault, saying Smith “broke a glass lamp over Abbaney’s head, then threw a box fan at her.” Afterward, the fight moved to the kitchen where Abbaney told police he “threw a television at her and body slammed her to the floor.” Smith then hit her on the head with a metal frying pan several times, according to the affidavit.

Abbaney told police that Smith then grabbed a knife and told her “I’ll kill you,” while holding the knife above her.

He then fled in Abbaney’s car. But police caught up with him and took him into custody.

Smith was released two days later on a $15,000 bond. An Emergency Protective Order was completed for Abbaney after the alleged assault; just one week before the double homicide.

Garland police said at the time of their department’s arrest, Smith was not in violation of his probation ​for prior criminal incidents – there were no ​outstanding warrants. Smith was transferred to the Dallas County Jail and bonded out January 29. Then January on 31 his probation was revoked and a warrant for his arrest was issued. ​

Three days after that, the Texas A&M Commerce shooting ​happened.

Smith is currently at the Hunt County jail on a $2 million bond.

​Anyone with any additional information related to the Steven Daniels case is encouraged to call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS or the Denton PD tip line at 940-349-TIPS.

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Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Laid to Rest in Private Funeral



Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, have been laid to rest.

ET has learned that a private funeral for the two was held in Corona Del Mar, California, on Friday, February &, two weeks after they died in a helicopter crash alongside seven others. The legendary NBA star is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and the three other children they shared, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

“Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss,” a source tells ET. “The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”

In addition to the private funeral, a public memorial will be held for Kobe and Gianna on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the athlete played professional basketball with the Lakers for the entirety of his 20-year career. “24” is a special date, as it’s the number Kobe sported on his journey since the 2006-07 season. It’s the same number he had in high school at Lower Merion.

Vanessa confirmed the date and time of the upcoming public memorial via her Instagram. She shared that it will start at 10 a.m., posting artwork with purple and yellow butterflies.

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Jackson State University’s president resigned after arrested in prostitution sting



CLINTON, Miss. —

Jackson State University’s president resigned Monday after he was arrested in a prostitution sting, state officials said.

William Bynum Jr., 57, was arrested over the weekend along with several other people, Clinton police said. Bynum is charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana.

Bynum was selected in 2017 by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board as JSU’s president. Before that, he served for four years as president of Mississippi Valley State University.

Bynum is married and is the father of six children.

Another JSU employee was also arrested by Clinton police during the sting. Shonda McCarthy, director of the JSU art galleries, is charged with procuring the services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, police said.

The two-day operation resulted in 17 arrests with eight felony charges. The arrests spanned multiple charges, including prostitution, procuring the services of a prostitute, promoting prostitution, conspiracy to promote prostitution and various controlled substance violations.

“An ad is posted online. Services, fees and locations are agreed upon. The offenders, in this instance the jurisdiction was Clinton, and the offenders traveled to Clinton and completed the crime,” said Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman.

The operation was set up at a hotel in Clinton, where the arrests were made, Hayman said.

“An ad was online and they saw that ad, they called and set this up with our undercover officers,” Hayman said.

The board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning held an emergency meeting Monday, where they named Thomas Hudson as acting JSU president. Hudson currently serves as special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer for Jackson State, IHL officials said.

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Netflix’s Malcolm X Documentary Forces Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to Reexamine Murder Convictions



In what serves as the latest example of a popular documentary forcing authorities into action, the Manhattan district attorney’s office will reexamine the circumstances surrounding the 1965 murder of civil rights icon Malcolm X.

The ABA Journal reports that a preliminary review of the convictions in the case will be conducted in order to determine if a more comprehensive investigation is required.

For those wondering why this is happening now—more than a half-century after the activist’s death—Netflix’s new six-part documentary Who Killed Malcolm X? has the internet buzzing and argues that two of the men convicted for his murder couldn’t have been at the scene of the crime.

“District Attorney [Cyrus] Vance has met with representatives from the Innocence Project and associated counsel regarding this matter,” director of communications Danny Frost told PIX 11 in a statement. “He has determined that the district attorney’s office will begin a preliminary review of the matter, which will inform the office regarding what further investigative steps may be undertaken.”

The preliminary review will be led by Senior Trial Counsel Peter Casolaro and Conviction Integrity Deputy Chief Charles King.

Nearly a year ago, Surviving R. Kelly debuted to critical acclaim and uncovered the disturbing depths of his alleged predatory behavior toward underage girls and women. In its aftermath, the man who once boldly embraced his status as “the pied piper of R&B” now faces myriad, serious criminal charges that could ensure he never sees daylight again.

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