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December 11, 2013

'Person of interest' in grisly murder held on probation violation

Bail set at $100K for Newburyport man returned from Calif.

HAVERHILL — A Newburyport man who police say is a “person of interest” in the murder and dismemberment of an Amesbury man, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail yesterday for probation violations.

Judge Stephen Abany in Haverhill District Court ordered Reginald Cummings, 26, held on the high bail after Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo noted that Cummings owes the court money, is on probation for a drug distribution case and also has a pending case of malicious destruction of property.

Officials said he failed to appear for numerous court hearings this year on the malicious destruction charge. DePaulo also noted that Cummings was recently returned to the area on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Police considered him a “person of interest” since the recovery of the charred body parts Dennis Ray Jackson last month.

Jackson’s remains were found in two locations — inside a barrel on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison, and behind a building in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. A day later, more than a dozen state, local and Boston law enforcement officials searched the Liberty Street beach house in Salisbury that Cummings had rented in September and that Jackson had visited on many occasions.

Police sources have told The Daily News of Newburyport that Jackson may have been killed and dismembered in the Salisbury apartment.

Cummings was recently returned to Massachusetts after he was arrested by San Diego police after allegedly slipping across the border from Mexico. According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Cummings had waived extradition allowing him to be transported back to this area to answer for an alleged probation violation unrelated to the discovery of Jackson’s remains.

Cummings, an aspiring rapper who goes by the stage name R.E. Clipz, has performed on many stages across the area, including the Honey Pot Lounge in Seabrook, and founded Proficient Records based in Haverhill. He has been in trouble with the law before and after graduating Newburyport High School in 2005, and is known to area police as a drug dealer, according to court records.

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