The man accused in a quadruple homicide in Daphne will have a preliminary hearing later this month.

Jared Tarant Smith-Bracy, 21, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his brother, Jeremy Smith, 27, and his grandparents, Barbara Smith, 72, and Leonard Smith, 80, plus family friend Sheila Glover, 70.

The homicides occurred on February 22 on Melanie Loop.

Police said three victims found in the backyard were shot and bludgeoned with a pickax, and the grandfather was also bludgeoned inside the home.

Investigators said Smith-Bracy was arrested at the home earlier in the day for criminal mischief. After he bonded out, he was driven back to the house by another person. A witness said he got out of the car after taking a gun from the driver and immediately forced his way into the home. The witness then heard gunshots and called police.

It is believed the three in the backyard were shot first, then Smith-Bracy went back into the house and bludgeoned his grandfather, then returned to the backyard and bludgeoned the three victims he had already shot.

Baldwin County District Judge Scott Taylor set the preliminary hearing in the case for May 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Smith-Bracy is being held in the Baldwin County Jail without bond.

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