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Mother says murder suspects acted in self defense

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The mother of two Jackson murder suspects says she is hiding after her life was threatened. The mother of two Jackson murder suspects says she is hiding after her life was threatened.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

"All I want back is my life. The peace that I had, the joy that I had," said the tearful mother of 28-year-old LaShaun and 17-year-old Cadarro Taylor.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified, says she won't return to her Erie Street home especially after her life was threatened as a result of Tuesday's deadly shooting. A friend called with the ominous warning.

"He said don't go to your house. You might have to move. He said because they sat outside your house from 12 o'clock Tuesday night until 6 in the morning," recalled the mother.  

She also believes her sons, who are charged with murder and aggravated assault, aren't safe in jail.

"He (the man she says wants to kill her) can put out a hit on my kids in jail. That he can do," said the mother.

She convinced the brothers to turn themselves in to law enforcement but didn't explain why they ran from investigators for about 24 hours after the shooting.

At least 25 shell casings were found at the scene Tuesday morning. Witnesses say four men exchanged gun fire while running down Erie street. Craig Spivey, 34, died as a result of the shooting and Eric Lindsey was severely wounded.

The suspect's mother says three men drove up to her house in a gold SUV and opened fire.

Jamie Children, the mother of Lashaun Taylor's son, described what she saw Tuesday.

"I see guys get out, gun and feet. So, I see my son's father turnaround and go what's going on. As soon as he finished his sentence, bullets start flying," Childress said. 

Police have not released specific details about the shooting.

The suspect's mother says her sons fought back in self defense. She also told MSNewsNow that children were in the yard when gunfire erupted and her son was grazed by a bullet.

"I am so sorry about what my son did, but my son defended himself. He defended his self when they shot his brother," explained the mother.  

Both women say they have no idea what sparked the shooting.

"Whatever it was, it wasn't that serious. You come there with the intent to kill my son and everybody in that yard," said the mother.

The mother has spoken to police about the threats. She also extended her condolences to Spivey and Lindsey's families.

"I don't even know if it's him that they want. I don't even know how he ended up in this situation that he's in because he's not that type of person," said Childress.

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