In a shocking case from Georgia, a man has been found guilty of murdering his wife, a deputy sheriff, and her brother in an attempt to hide his secret family, according to the prosecution. The Newton County jury convicted Jaquavia Jackson on multiple charges, including two counts each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and felony firearm possession. The charges stem from the 2021 killings of his wife, Shakeema Brown Jackson, and her brother, Levoy Brown.
Newton District Attorney Randy McGinley stated that the verdict brings a measure of justice to the family who lost two loved ones in a single, calculated act of violence. He acknowledged that no verdict can truly compensate for the profound loss of Shakeema and Levoy.
In October 2021, Newton County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of Shakeema Jackson and Brown, who had been shot dead in a house on Windcrest Drive. Jaquavia Jackson, who was at the scene, initially told authorities that two unidentified men had broken into the house and killed his wife and brother-in-law.
However, further investigation revealed that Jaquavia and Shakeema were due to appear in court the next day to address claims from two women who alleged that Jaquavia had fathered their children. The prosecution stated that Jaquavia had arranged for someone else to take a DNA test in his place. The District Attorney suggested that Jaquavia feared his wife would uncover his lies and infidelity during the hearing.
Key evidence in the trial included surveillance footage from a neighbor’s house, which showed no one entering or leaving the Jacksons’ home on the day of the murders. The prosecution also presented forensic evidence indicating that Jaquavia had shot his wife multiple times while she was wrapped in a blanket on the couch, browsing Facebook on her phone.
Shakeema Brown Jackson had been serving as a deputy for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for just a month when she was killed. Known for her cheerful demeanor, she was remembered for always greeting inmates with a warm “Good morning,” regardless of their attitude. A sentencing hearing for Jaquavia Jackson will be scheduled in the near future.
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