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November 21, 2013

Daily News Exclusive: Suspect in Salisbury murder captured in San Diego

SALISBURY - Reginald Cummings, the aspiring local rapper wanted in connection to last week's brutal slaying of 24-year-old Dennis Ray Jackson, was arrested by San Diego police early this morning on a fugitive from justice warrant, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. 

Jackson's burning remains were found last week scattered in two locations -- Wednesday night inside a barrel located outside Bridgewater State Prison and Thursday morning behind a Hyde Park building. A day later, more than a dozen state, local and Boston law enforcement officials searched the Liberty Street apartment Cummings had rented in September and that Jackson had been spotted on many occasions. Police sources have told The Daily News that Jackson may have been killed and dismembered in the Salisbury apartment.

According to the San Diego Sheriff's Department website, Cummings was booked at 2:41 a.m. Pacific time, and is being held inside the San Diego Central Jail without bail. His booking information has the 26-year-old Cummings listed as 5-foot-9-inches tall and 230 pounds. San Diego police have been contacted to learn more about Cummings' arrest. 

Cummings, a 2005 Newburyport High school graduate, has a long criminal record that includes drug charges and assault charges.

Earlier today, 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 partial remains 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 remain and match them to Jackson. The spokeswoman said burnt 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.  

Cummings, 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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