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November 21, 2013

Man sought in slaying caught on Mexico border

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From there the San Diego police’s homicide unit began working with Massachusetts State Police. Hastings said Cummings told border patrol agents he had crossed from Mexico into the United States sometime that evening but added that he didn’t know how Cummings slipped into the country.

In a second major development in the case, yesterday the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office confirmed that charred remains found on grounds owned by Bridgewater State Prison belonged to Jackson, the father of three who’s last address had been in Haverhill.

A Plymouth County District Attorney spokeswoman said limbs found Wednesday, Nov. 13, burning inside a barrel on prison property proved to be Jackson’s after investigators were able to lift fingerprints from the remains and match them to Jackson. The spokeswoman said burnt torso remains found the next morning behind a Hyde Park building are being tested by a Boston medical examiner to determine whether they too belong to Jackson.

As Cummings sits in a San Diego jail waiting for Massachusetts detectives, the relationship between him and Jackson, who shared the same circle of friends and at one point lived together in the Salisbury Beach house, is becoming clearer. Both have lengthy criminal records and both have been known to sell drugs to clients across the region. A search of court documents and police logs over last few years show Cummings and Jackson were part of a network of men and women in Greater Newburyport who have been in and out of jail cells, courtrooms and prisons for drug-related or gang-related incidents.

Pages found on their Facebook pages highlight and celebrate a widespread hip-hop culture with carefully choreographed photos showing alleged gang members donning flashy jewelry, sporting colorful tattoos, wearing baseball caps and striking intimidating poses.

Laura Fennelly, who called herself a close friend of Jackson’s, said he and Cummings had been known to frequent the same parties and were close enough that Cummings invited Jackson, who at one point had been homeless according to court records, to stay with him at the beach house.

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