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Justin Byrd Charged in Baby Shooting, Girlfriend Accused of Lying

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.--Jackson police made more arrests in a shooting that sent a 1-year-old boy to the hospital. Investigators now believe they had the wrong guy in custody.

Brothers Justin Byrd and Anthony Byrd both faced a judge Monday morning. The judge dismissed the charges against Anthony.

“As we got further and further into it we began to question the validity of the information we had been given,” said Captain Mike Holt, with the Jackson Police Department.

Officers now believe Anthony's brother, Justin, fired the shot that struck the infant in the head.

“We came across witnesses that we had not previously been able to talk to,” said Holt.

The judge officially charged Justin with attempted first degree murder and filing a false report, Monday. His girlfriend, Jamila Kinnie, is also charged with filing a false report. Detectives say the two originally identified Anthony as the shooter.

“They then recanted their statements where they had identified Mr. Tony Byrd as being the driver and the shooter in this case,” said Holt.

Police believe Justin fired the shot after people at the apartment complex confronted him about a stolen television. Officers are also investigating that reported burglary.

Investigators expect the 1-year-old to survive.

The judge set Justin Byrd's bond at $250,000. He is due back in court July 3 at 9:00 a.m.
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