Jared Smith-Bracy is a twenty one year old man from Alabama who has been charged with four counts of murder. According to police reports Jared Smith-Bracy was arrested earlier in the day after his Grandparents called police after he broke a door in their house.
After Jared Smith-Bracy was bonded out of jail he would head straight back to his Grandparents home after he grabbed a gun from a friend. Jared Smith-Bracy would fatally shoot his Grandmother, brother and friend. Jared Smith-Bracy would then beat to death his Grandfather with a pickaxe.
Jared Smith-Bracy would be arrested and has been charged with four counts of capital murder. Jared Smith-Bracy has plead not guilty by reason of mental defect.
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Daphne Police have identified the suspect and victims in a quadruple homicide that happened Wednesday night on Melanie Loop.
The suspect, Jared Tarant Smith-Bracy, 21, admitted he killed the four victims and has been charged with four counts of capital murder.
The victims were Jeremy Smith, 27, Barbara Smith, 72, and Leonard Smith, 80 — the suspect’s brother and grandparents. A fourth victim, Sheila Glover, 70, was a family friend. Police said three victims found in the backyard were shot and bludgeoned with a pickax, and the grandfather was also bludgeoned inside the home.
Investigators said Smith-Bracy was arrested at the home earlier in the day for criminal mischief. After he bonded out, he was driven back to the house by another person. A witness said he got out of the car after taking a gun from the driver and immediately forced his way into the home. The witness then heard gunshots and called police. It is believed the three in the backyard were shot first, then Smith-Bracy went back into the house and bludgeoned his grandfather, then returned to the backyard and bludgeoned the three victims he had already shot.
Smith-Bracy is being held in the Baldwin County Jail without bond.
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A judge has denied bond for a man accused of killing his grandparents, his brother and a family friend in south Alabama.
Jared Smith-Bracy, 21, is charged with four counts of capital murder in the deaths Wednesday night in Daphne. He met briefly with his two court-appointed attorneys before the Friday bond hearing, and they entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or mental defect on his behalf, WKRG-TV reported.
Baldwin County Chief Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz asked for no bond, and the judge granted that request. But the judge said that could change as the investigation continues, the television station reported.
Police have said Smith-Bracy fatally shot his 72-year-old grandmother, Barbara Smith; his 27-year-old brother, Jeremy Smith; and 71-year-old family friend, Sheila Glover, whose bodies were found in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. He then used a pickaxe to beat his 80-year-old grandfather, Lenard Smith, to death inside a bedroom in the house, police said, according to WPMI-TV.
Smith-Bracy lived with his grandparents, who called police Wednesday morning because he had broken a door, WPMI-TV reported. He was charged with criminal mischief and got a ride home from a friend around 5 p.m. that day after bonding out of jail, police said. He then grabbed the friend’s handgun and began firing after forcing his way into the home, Daphne police Sgt. Jason Vannoy said.
“The person who drove him there in the car, I’m not sure that he used the exact phrase, ‘out of the blue,’ but that’s how I would characterize it,” said Vannoy.