Greenville police patrols to be increased after 2 more killings force emergency meeting


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GREENVILLE, Mississippi — The City Council has approved a plan to provide overtime pay to facilitate more police patrols in the city after two separate killings in Greenville this past week.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports ( ) Greenville Mayor John Cox called an emergency session Thursday with the City Council so the overtime pay requested by Police Chief Freddie Cannon could be approved.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Smith Jr. and 25-year-old Kenneth Howard were both killed by multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday. The shootings, which police say were unrelated, occurred within two hours of each other.

Police arrested 22-year-old Marquel Magnum in connection with the Howard shooting and continue to search for 22-year-old Kadarius Jackson in Smith's death.

The killings were Greenville's fifth and sixth homicides of 2015, one shy of last year's total.

Information from: Delta Democrat-Times,

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