Man accused of killing live-in girlfriend

Published 10:49 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015



A Brookhaven man was arrested Monday after allegedly killing a girlfriend he shared a home with, according to Police Chief Bobby Bell.

Police received a call at 1:51 a.m. Monday regarding a domestic violence situation at 107 1/2 Cherry St.

Upon arrival, police found 32-year-old Tara Ashley Hudson unresponsive. Hudson was transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 3:06 a.m., confirmed Lincoln County coroner Clay McMorris.

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Jeremy Wayne Cupstid, 28, same address as the victim, was charged with murder in her death. He is currently in the Lincoln County jail. There is currently no bail amount listed for Cupstid. Cupstid was sentenced on May 26 to five years probation for grand larceny in Rankin County.

Police confirmed Hudson was the mother of one child who was present at the house during the incident. The child is in the custody of the Department of Human Services Bell said Monday.

Hudson’s family told Mississippi News Now they are heartbroken over this loss and they want justice.

“A little 12-year-old boy lost his mama,” said Lanny Smith, the victim’s step-father. “She was a good, caring person. She had her ways, just like I had my ways, but she was a good mama.”

Bell said Hudson was not shot, but could not elaborate on her injuries. McMorris said an autopsy would be performed in Jackson to determine cause of death, the findings of which he expects to receive in the next couple of days.

There had been no previous domestic incidents reported to police, Bell said, but officers have learned through interviews that there had been issues off-and-on between the couple.