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Posted: Mar 24, 2006 8:52 pm
4 doors North of Moms' house. her latest report was that the couple was found in the attic wrapped in plastic.

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Police find bodies inside Memphis home
March 23, 2006, 10:51 PM EST

Homicide detectives roped off access to three houses here, while they picked apart this one property. We know very little tonight about what the inside of this house looks like. We know simply that in the home where two missing people lived... police have now found two bodies.

Police brought the body bags out in the dark... putting them into two waiting ambulances.

Wrapping up the mystery of a crime scene that had been fully involved for hours with simple answers... and leaving massive questions about what ACTUALLY happened here.

Tony Armstrong with the Memphis police department says, "We have discovered the bodies of two people. One appearing to be a male white. The other appearing to be a female white. We are not releasing anything as far as the cause of death until we have a ruling from the medical examiner."

For nearly a week, police in Tunica have been looking for James and Stephanie Smith. Memphis police checked their East Parkway home Wednesday and - by all appearances - left empty handed.

But a day later, their find was more substantial.

Neighbor Rebecca Likens knew them and said they kept to themselves.

Neighbor Rebecca Likens says, "They lead a very quiet lifestyle. I can't imagine what happened to them. From the lifestyle that they live, there's nothing suspicious... there's not people in and out of the house all the time."

But another neighbor, Rachel Guthridge, tells us people had begun to notice strange things at the house. The couple's cars had disappeared. Someone had moved their garbage cans. Their pit bulls had stopped barking.

Neighbor Rachel Guthridge says, "Everyone had their suspicions about what was going on in that house and everything, but we never really had a conversation with them or anything but basically just keep to themselves."

They too will have to wait just a little bit longer to find out what really happened here.
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Posted: Mar 24, 2006 9:08 pm | Edited by: fierydrunk
In their uncle's attic. He lived in one side of the duplex and they on the other.

Check the CA online--their "ticker" has the story.
Posted: Mar 24, 2006 9:41 pm
saw the yellow tape on my way to work, figured they found some bodies.
Posted: Mar 24, 2006 11:28 pm
i saw it too.

after a cop backed onto east parkway and stopped traffic 'cause he/she can't drive.
Posted: Mar 25, 2006 3:22 pm
Well, that is over:

He lived in Midtown duplex next to Smiths

By Pamela Perkins
March 25, 2006

A suspect in the grisly killings of a Midtown couple, found wrapped in plastic in an attic, died early Friday during a gun battle with police that also killed his father.

Police said that Larry Mosely, 29, of Memphis would have been charged with the murders of the man and woman whose bodies were found inside 765 East Parkway S. Thursday afternoon.

Mosely and his father, Frank Mosely, 69, of Murfreesboro were killed near Coldwater, Miss., in an early morning shootout.
The Shelby County Medical Examiner, using dental records and fingerprints, on Friday confirmed the bodies inside the duplex were those of James Smith, 22, and Stephanie Grace Smith, 21, who lived at 767 East Parkway S. across from Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Larry Mosely, James Smith's uncle, lived in the adjoining duplex.

The Smiths' deaths were ruled a "blunt force trauma homicide" by the Medical Examiner, said police spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins.

"The manner in which (the suspect) concealed them was like something out of a Stephen King novel," Higgins said.

Both bodies were tightly wrapped in "plastic and all kinds of stuff," Higgins said.

"The method of this murder was so brutal, I wouldn't want to bring a family member in to view their remains."

The Smiths were last seen leaving Tunica's Horseshoe Casino in their gray pickup March 15. James Smith had gone to the casino to pick up his wife from her housekeeping job. Higgins said authorities had sought Larry Mosely ever since the couple were reported missing in Tunica on Sunday.

The matter became a criminal investigation Tuesday after Tunica County authorities gave Memphis police information indicating foul play, Higgins said.

Memphis police executed warrants Thursday to search a number of locations, including the two addresses at the duplex.

Memphis police alerted the Tate County Sheriff's Department that Mosely could be at the home of a friend or relative near Coldwater. Authorities with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Tate and Tunica counties staked out the home.

A few hours later, Larry Mosely emerged from the home with his father and left in the father's Chevrolet Celebrity, said Chief Deputy Brad Lance of the Tate County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies pulled the Chevrolet over about 4:30 a.m.

"During the traffic stop, shots were fired from within the vehicle and one officer did discharge his firearm," Lance said.

"Exactly how everything transpired is being investigated" by the MBI.

Autopsies are being performed on the father and son. No deputies were injured.

Higgins said money could have been the motive in the slaying because Stephanie Smith withdrew "a large sum of money" from the bank on March 16, the day after the couple were seen leaving the casino.

"Until we can really comb through that house ... it's anybody's guess as to what the motive is," Higgins said.

"The only person who can give us any information about a motive is one of the decedents, either of the four."
Posted: Mar 25, 2006 4:50 pm
This has been a really strange Memphis news week. It must be spring.
Besides this bizarre family story, a minister's wife in Selmer murdered him and then took their three little girls to Alabama. (I think that one made the national news.)
Also, a woman who abducted two little girls that she had babysat for their whole lives turned out to be a man. No one knew until she/he flew off with the kids.
Posted: Mar 25, 2006 6:29 pm
Best believe that Selmer pastor thing made national news!

It is on the news in Portland. Following every step. I heard this AM she confessed AND gave the motive! Oooooooh.
Posted: Mar 25, 2006 10:47 pm
whats the motive!!!
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 12:02 am
They aren't saying, but did say that "another woman" wasn't involved.
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 12:02 am
They haven't said. Any day now, Nancy Grace will get the scoop.
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 12:19 am
OK, it is either pedophilia, porn, money or she was miserable in Selmer.
Posted: Mar 27, 2006 3:28 am | Edited by: Uptight White
Best believe that Selmer pastor thing made national news!

I just heard her attorney on the FOX radio news update allude to the song "Behind closed Doors" regarding a motive. He's laying on the smarmy, southern lawyer schtick pretty heavy, too.

He has the same high-pitched voice had in middle school.
Posted: Mar 27, 2006 3:34 am
My speculative friend said he was probably "getting" the kids...
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