Jury says ‘not guilty’ in shooting

Staff Writer


A circuit court jury ruled a Grenada man not guilty in a 2016 shooting on College Boulevard that left one man injured and a funeral home hit by gunfire.
Justin Jackson was cleared of charges of aggravated assault and shooting into a building in an incident that happened June 2016.
The trial was the second in the third week of Grenada County Circuit Court. Fifth Circuit Judge Joseph Loper presided over the proceedings.
The case surrounded the events on the night of June 25. A witness testified that Jackson was involved in a heated argument with his girlfriend in the 10 block of College Boulevard.
Both Jackson and Lee Taylor, the man who was shot in the incident, testified that the argument occurred in front of Taylor’s home. Jackson’s girlfriend was visiting Taylor’s home along with friends.
According to testimony, when Taylor intervened in the argument, he discovered a handgun inside of Jackson’s vehicle.
The testimony showed that Taylor grabbed the handgun from the vehicle, and Jackson made an attempt to retrieve it from him.
When the struggle ensued, Taylor hit Jackson in the face with the handgun, causing injury to his eye. Jackson left the scene and within minutes, witnesses testified that two men returned and begin shooting.
Jackson’s attorney Tarik Johnson said his client was not at the scene during the shooting, and that he was at his Adams Street home tending to the injury.
When Jackson took the stand, he testified that when he entered the home, he told his brother what happened to his eye before “doctoring on it.”
In the closing arguments, Johnson told the jury that Jackson’s eye injury was serious, and he could not see well enough to get back to the scene.

More on Circuit Court, including recent pleas, in Tuesday’s print and online editions.

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