Suspect with criminal past accused in slaying

Published 11:51 pm Monday, September 1, 2008

Jackson Police have arrested a suspect in a weekend slaying.

Police say 22-year-old Billy Lightner allegedly fired the shot that killed 26-year-old Christopher Smith in downtown Jackson early Sunday. Smith’s body was found in a parking lot.

Police say they do not know why Smith, of Jackson, was in the area or what the motive for the shooting may have been.

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Lightner was arrested and booked with murder, simple assault and possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Hinds County Detention Center. Bond has not been set.