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Murder suspect pleads guilty; gets life without parole

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

James Jaderrick Atkinson  of Bolton, MS has pled guilty to the August 2, 2010, murder of Robert Hill, Jr., also of Bolton. Atkinson admitted to shooting Hill six times with a .25 caliber pistol.

Twenty-one year old Atkinson's DNA was found in Hill's front pants pocket, proving robbery was the motive in this case.

Atkinson's murder trial was scheduled to begin Monday. A number of witnesses were ready to testify they saw him and his brother, Lipatrick Decortez Atkinson, running away from the scene of the crime on Billy Fields Rd. in Bolton.

Lipatrick Atkinson is scheduled to be tried March 3, 2014, as an accessory before the fact to Hill's murder.

Immediately after entering his guilty plea, Atkinson was sentenced by Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan to life without parole.

"Hinds County citizens can be proud of the excellent work in this case by my prosecutors and the Hinds County Sheriff's Department," said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. "Because of their hard work, life without parole was the best option for James Atkinson."

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