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Boy, 5, among family members shot dead in Miss. home; arrest made

TOOMSUBA, Miss. -- Mississippi authorities have arrested a man on charges that he killed his romantic partner, her five-year-old son, her mother and her sister in eastern Mississippi.

Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says 44-year-old Karon D. McVay was being held Wednesday on murder and weapons charges.

Calhoun said during a news conference that McVay had a romantic relationship with and history of domestic violence against 42-year-old Tomecca Pickett. 

Pickett was killed along with her 5-year-old son Owen, her mother, 65-year-old Edna Durr, and her sister, 27-year-old Kiearra Durr. The four bodies were found Tuesday in the home in the community of Toomsuba near the Alabama line. 

Calhoun says McVay surrendered. He’s jailed on $3 million and doesn’t yet have a lawyer.

Officials believe the killings occurred Monday night. Authorities didn’t find signs of forced entry.

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