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Paragould, AR -- Gia Hill Reports

Double Homicide in Paragould

July 9, 2006 -- 10:30 PM CDT, updated at 7:14 a.m. on 7/10

PARAGOULD, AR -- At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, shots were fired at a house on the 600 block of North Pruitt Street in Paragould.

Thirty-five year old James Livesay and his 60-year-old mother, Edith Fancher were shot inside their home.  Livesay was pronounced dead at the scene and Fancher died later at a Memphis hospital.  

Letisha Weaver of Paragould said that Livesay was like a stepfather to her.

"My brother-in-law told me that it was a shooting and that it was my stepfather and grandmother," she said.  "I didn't want to believe it, so I walked down to find out and saw that it was true...that they were shot and they both died."     

She said she was traumatized when she heard the news.

"I just fell down to the ground crying because I couldn't believe it."  

Special Agent Scott Pillow with the Arkansas State Police said that 33-year-old Billy J. Smith of Paragould was brought into custody and charged with the crimes.  

"We expect him to be charged with two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted capital murder," said Pillow.   

A third victim, who is believed to be Livesay's girlfriend, was taken a Paragould hospital and treated for gunshot wounds.  

Police say that it was a dispute over a piece of property, and Weaver just wants to ask the suspect "why?"

"I don't know why you did it.  If it was over jewelry, couldn't you just go buy it instead of hurting an innocent family?"    

Police will continue to investigate this double homicide.

Meanwhile, Smith is expected to be arraigned in Paragould this morning.

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