The mother of two of the four suspects who were charged in connection with the fatal shootings of two police officers in Mississippi has attributed her son’s actions on pills he’s been taking.
Mary Smith, the mother of Curtis and Marvin Banks, spoke earlier today about her devastation over this weekend’s shooting and her disbelief over her two sons’ actions.
Smith did not specify the type of drugs her son Marvin allegedly takes. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Mary Smith (pictured), the mother of two of the suspects in the fatal shootings of two police officers in Mississippi has attributed her son’s actions on pills he’s been taking.
The mother told WDAM:
They still getting them pills.
Smith said of one of her sons:
I want to talk to him, I want to ask what’s wrong. Lord knows I tried, I tried.
2. Marvin Banks (left), 29, was charged with two counts of murder and his brother Curtis (right) was charged with accessory to murder in the deaths of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, cops shot during a Saturday night traffic stop.
Two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers, Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, were shot dead on Saturday night, following a traffic stop.
Marvin Banks and his girlfriend Joanie Calloway were each charged with two counts of murder. Marvin’s younger brother Curtis has been charged with accessory to murder and the brothers’ friend, Cornelius Clark, is charged with obstruction of justice, police said.
The mother told the Associated Press that she thought Marvin, 29, seemed high in his mugshot.
3. Dead following a routine traffic stop were 25-year-old rookie cop Liquori Tate (left) and decorated K9 officer and father of two Benjamin Deen, 34 (right).
You could tell something was wrong with him.
Smith added that she would be present at her sons’ initial hearings, which were scheduled for Monday afternoon, because “they’re still my children, I still love them”. She said:
I’m sorry the tragedy happened.
4. The mother of two of the suspects in the Mississippi police officer killings blames her son’s actions on pills he’s been taking.
5. Slain officer’s mother: “He was a wonderful son”.
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