‘Living nightmare:’ Hunted by alleged gang killers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – When he looked at the bloody crime scene, James Herzog knew this case wasn’t like so many others he’d worked. But he didn’t know it was the beginning of a living nightmare.

Or that it would become one that a growing number of law enforcement officers could relate to.

Roland Smith, 48, and his parents Arvin, 80, and Maxine Smith, 74, were found dead in their rural home on T.W. Bass Road in Jefferson Davis County after neighbors reported hearing gunshots and seeing intruders with flashlights at the home around 12:45 a.m.

Herzog, an investigator with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at the time of the March 2012 homicides, was called in to investigate.

“It was a horrific, horrific scene. It was overkill,” Herzog said. “It wasn’t just killing someone, it was going beyond that.”

Roland Smith had been in some drug trouble, officials said, so the shootings were believed to

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