Laurel Murder Suspect Let Out Of Jail, Back In Custody

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Georgetown – The Delaware State Police have arrested Stephon R. Jackson, 18 of Seaford, for First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, according to the Delaware State Police Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard D. Bratz.

Stephon Jackson

Bratz said the the initial investigation began at approximately 3:45 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, after troopers were called to assist the Laurel Police Department for the complaint of shots fired in the area of Sunset Drive, in the Wexford Village Development in Laurel.

Upon their arrival troopers learned that an 18-year-old male victim had been struck in his lower torso by a bullet fired from an unknown suspect, said Bratz.. The victim was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy was performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

The next day, Monday, January 30, 2017 Delaware State Police said they were attempting to locate Stephon R. Jackson, who was wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited in connection with the incident at the Wexford Village Development on Sunday, according to Bratz.

A little over three weeks later on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Jackson was apprehended by the Troop 5 Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) team around 5:00 p.m., while he was riding a motorcycle on Henry Drive east of Seaford, said Bratz.  

Bratz added that when troopers located Jackson, he attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody without further incident.  A computer check of the motorcycle revealed it was stolen from the Seaford area, according to officials.

Stephon Jackson was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited as well as the two new charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest.  At that time he was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $22,000.00 cash bond.

On March 4, 2017, Stephon R. Jackson was released from Sussex Correctional Institute after posting bail.

After his release, additional warrants were approved for Murder 1st Degree and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited. Delaware State Police Troopers from Troop 5, Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and the State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) along with the Homicide Unit Detectives coordinated the location and apprehension of Jackson. He was located in Georgetown and was taken into custody without incident.

Stephon R. Jackson was presented before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was then committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $520,000.00 cash bond.

Image Credits: Delaware State Police

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