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Rankin teen murder suspect to remain housed at adult detention center

Carly Madison Gregg
Carly Madison Gregg is accused of killing her mother and trying to kill her stepfather (Photo courtesy of the Rankin County Sheriff's Office)

The Brandon teenager accused of killing her mother and trying to kill her stepfather will remain housed with adult inmates.

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge David Morrow decided that Carly Madison Gregg, 14, will stay at the Rankin County Adult Detention Center after her attorneys argued she should be moved to a youth jail. Gregg has been housed at the adult detention center for the last 77 days and is the only female juvenile at the facility, according to information provided during the hearing.

Last week, Gregg was indicted by a grand jury on counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and tampering with evidence.

On March 19, police responded to reports of shots fired inside a home on Ashton Way in the Farmington Station subdivision. Upon arriving, they found Gregg’s stepfather, Heath Smylie, suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He quickly pointed deputies to the body of his wife and Gregg’s mother, Ashley Smylie. Ashley, a teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Ashley Smylie was a teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School before she was shot and killed on Tuesday. Officers believe it was her daughter who pulled the trigger. (Photo from the Rankin County School District)

Heath recounted to police that he had come home to find his wife dead. He said he was then approached by an armed Gregg who shot him before he fought her off and took the weapon. Gregg fled the scene and was captured by officers through a multi-agency search in a field near the family’s home.

Throughout initial hearings, investigators have provided information they believe shows Gregg premeditated the murder of her mother. Gregg is said to have invited a friend over after she shot her mother. Once the friend arrived, Gregg showed her the body and murder weapon before the friend quickly called for her father to come and get her. Once she was arrested, a jail employee provided bond paperwork and the teen allegedly asked, “Oh, you can kill someone, pay a lot of money, and get out of jail?”

Going into Tuesday’s hearing, two letters were submitted on Gregg’s behalf before the state filed a motion to deny the request for the former honor roll student to be moved out of the adult detention center.

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