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Girlfriend of St. Patrick’s Day shooter arrested in connection to murders

Jenny Lukens (left) and Jordan Kyle Cummins (right). Photos from the Hinds Co. Sheriff's Office.

The girlfriend of the man charged with murdering two people near the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Jackson has now been arrested.

Jenny Lukens, 29, was taken into custody on Friday for hindering prosecution for her alleged role in the shooting deaths of Joshua Spann, 27, and Jubilee Simpkins, 23.

Lukens’ boyfriend, Jordan Kyle Cummins, 27, was arrested just hours after the murders took place on Jefferson Street in front of the fairgrounds on March 25. At the time, nearly 70,000 people were just blocks away for the parade.

Cummins reportedly killed Spann and Simpkins after they stepped in to intervene during an ongoing domestic dispute. The Florence native has since been caught bragging about the murders through a social media post he was able to make behind bars.

“Free me, man. You walk up on me, and I’m going to bust your [expletive],” Cummins said in the video. “It’s real, man. I know it looks sweet, but [expletive] ain’t sweet man. Two dead.”

During his initial court appearance, Cummins claimed self-defense but was denied bond and ruled a flight risk. He is being charged with two counts of capital murder and possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

Cummins is set to go before a jury on Nov. 6, 2023.

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