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April 25, 2014, 12:05 am
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Many Questions Unanswered As Authorities Complete Manchester Murder Investigation


Even though multiple agencies say they have concluded their investigation into the crime, many questions remain unanswered about the murders of five people in Manchester last month.

 

Those agencies say Rick Smith planned the killings because of a custody dispute involving his three-year-old daughter.

 

Smith’s victims were related to his estranged girlfriend, Rita Luark.

 

But neighbors of the victims tell the Jacksonville Journal-Courier that Smith apparently believed his daughter was being harmed when she had stayed with the victims in the past.

 

Morgan County authorities say they investigated those claims but found no evidence. State police say they have no information about allegations that Smith had battled mental illness.

 

They are also still looking into how Smith… a convicted felon… obtained the weapons used in the killings.

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