Love triangle turned family feud ends in Hernando's first murder in 18 years

Hernando love triangle murder
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

HERNANDO, MS (WMC) - It started with two love triangles, and ended with a 19-year-old allegedly murdering her cousin- Hernando's first murder since 1996.

Prosecutors charged Tomeshia Odom Wednesday after an overnight murder in Hernando, Mississippi.

Police say her cousin, 21-year-old Jasmine Smith died after a stabbing on Hill Street after a fight over a man.

The two seemed to live parallel lives- they dated two of the same men, worked at Wendy's together, and lived in the same apartment complex.

"It's hard because that's my cousin and then that's my sister," said Tiara Smith, Jasmine's sister.

The family says Tomeshia told them she was having a baby with a man named Pat.

"It was Tomeshia's ex-boyfriend and Jasmine's ex-boyfriend too," said Vanisha Smith, their cousin.

The family says the feud started on Facebook. They say Jasmine had no interest in Pat.

She was living at the Avondale Apartments with Tomeshia's ex-boyfriend, Junky Mane.

Just before midnight Tuesday, the family says Tomeshia confronted her cousin about Pat.

"No one knew she had a knife," said Cedric Payne, a cousin.

The two started fighting.

"Jasmine just fell and her eyes were rolling in the back of her head. She was gasping for air," said Smith.

"All I saw was my sister laid out," said Tiara Smith, Jasmine's sister.

Odom is in jail on a $500,000 murder bond.

A state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy on her cousin's body.

"It isn't worth it. Once you take someone's life, they can't come back. So, if you can, think twice before you do it," said Payne.

The Hernando Police Department is asking anyone with information about the case to call (662) 429-9096.

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