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Murder charges filed in case of missing family

Court officials say first-degree murder charges have been filed against a fugitive and his wife in the killing of a woman and her teenage daughter.

This combo image made of undated photos provided by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety shows, clockwise from top left, Jo Ann Bain and her daughters, Adrienne, 14, Kyliyah 8, and Alexandria,12. Bain and her daughters may be in "extreme danger" after they were abducted in Tennessee and last seen in Mississippi, but they could be in another state where their suspected kidnapper has connections, authorities said Saturday, May 5, 2012. The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Saturday morning, and Tennessee authorities also have issued an alert. (AP Photo/Mississippi Department of Public Safety)

Murder charges have been filed against the fugitive suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls.

Two first-degree murder counts against 35-year-old Adam Mayes, who has been sought for more than a week, were announced Wednesday. His wife, Teresa Mayes, also was charged.

An affidavit filed in Bolivar, Tenn., says Teresa Mayes of Guntown, Miss., told authorities she was there April 27 when Adam Mayes, killed Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne, in a garage at their Whiteville, Tenn., home.

Teresa Mayes told officials the motive was to kidnap Bain's two younger daughters, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah.

A call seeking comment from Teresa Mayes' attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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