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Dispute Over Baby in Tennessee Leads to Grisly Quadruple Murder. Now, Mother of Baby to Spend Life Behind Bars.

Four Killed During Dispute Over Baby, Mother Sentenced to Life in Jail
Source: McMinn County Sheriff’s Department

Jazzmine Jacole Hall (right) sentenced to 'four, true life sentences' in connection with the quadruple murder, officials said.

Apr. 17 2024, Published 3:04 p.m. ET

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Four people were killed after a dispute over a baby erupted into gunfire. Now, one of the suspects has been sentenced and will spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Around 9 a.m. Sept. 25, 2021, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said officers responded to a call of a report of a shooting of multiple people.

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At the scene, deputies said they found two people who escaped the shooting and pointed officers to the residence where the shooting happened.

At that home, officers said they found four people, one man and three women, dead from gunshot wounds.

The victims in the shooting were identified as Trevon Hall, 36, Skylar Hawn, 24, Jesse Dupree, 40, and Brandi Harris, 39, police said.

In the press release, Guy said, “It appears that there were initially six people present at the residence. When a male suspect and a female suspect arrived after 8 a.m. There was some kind of dispute that took place between the female suspect and the male victim over a 10-month-old, whom they are the parents of. At some point, the dispute turned violent and the four victims were shot. One witness escaped and the other pretended to be injured and survived. The suspected then took the child and left the scene.“

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Police determined the suspects were Curtis D. Smith, 41, and Jazzmine J. Hall, 29, authorities said. They were found in Polk County during the evening and were taken into custody, police said.

The baby was taken to a local hospital for examination and was released to the Department of Child Services’ care, officials said.

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On April 15, 2024, Hall plead guilty to the September 2021 killings just as jury selection for her trial was set to begin, the Times Free Press reported.

District Attorney General Shari Tayloe described the murders as stemming from a dispute over the infant. Hall, after taking her child, fatally shot the baby's father in the face.

Then she allegedly instructed Smith to "finish them off." The duo then started a fire to cover their tracks before fleeing the scene, officials said.

After pleading guilty, Hall was sentenced to "four, true life sentences" for her part in the murders, authorities said.

Smith, who still faces the death penalty if convicted, will start his trial on Sept. 9.


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