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December 2, 2013

Murder probe man returning to Mass.

SALISBURY BEACH – A local man considered a “person of interest” by police in the grisly murder and dismemberment of former Amesbury resident Dennis Ray Jackson, is expected back in Massachusetts soon – more than 10 days after he was arrested by San Diego police after allegedly slipping across the border from Mexico.

According to an Essex County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman, Reggie Cummings, 26, has waived extradition allowing him to be transported back to the Newburyport area to answer for an alleged probation violation unrelated to the discovery of Jackson’s remains.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan said she didn’t know when Cummings, an aspiring rapper, would be back in the Commonwealth. The spokeswoman would not comment on the investigation into Jackson’s death.

A plan to have Salisbury police detectives fly to California and interview Cummings was cancelled, according to Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler, who added that it was the district attorney’s office which prompted the cancellation.

Cummings has been a “person of interest” in the murder of Jackson since Jackson’s burnt remains were found last month in two locations — inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison, and 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 visited on many occasions. Police sources have told The Daily News that Jackson may have been killed and dismembered in the Salisbury apartment.

According to San Diego authorities, Cummings was picked up by the California Border Patrol. Cummings had gotten over the fence separating the United States from Mexico, and had been injured in the process. As border patrol agents attended to Cummings’s non-life-threatening wounds, they ran a National Crime Information Center computer background check and determined he had a warrant out of Massachusetts for a minor crime. Included in the report was a note to call the Massachusetts State Police as he was wanted as a “person of interest” in the Salisbury murder.

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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