Teen accused in slayings of father, stepmother

COMO — Panola County Sheriff Otis Griffin says a 16-year-old faces murder charges in the shooting deaths of his father and stepmother.

Griffin said the teenager was at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday being treated for what’s believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand.

The teen was charged in the deaths of 30-year-old Chrystal Jacobs and 42-year-old Tommy Jacobs. The two were found shot in their bed at a home east of Como early Wednesday, Griffin said. Authorities had received a call about the bodies around 4:10 a.m., he said.

“The mother was DOA. The father was transported to the Med in Memphis, where he expired,” Griffin said.

The suspect “rushed out of the house and went to a hospital in neighboring Tate County. They transported him to the Med,” the sheriff said.

A preliminary investigation points to discipline problems, Griffin said.

Griffin said the teen will have to appear in juvenile court in Tennessee before he can be brought back to Mississippi.

Griffin said the teen didn’t have a lawyer yet.

The Associated Press