In Greenville, Kadarius Jackson pled guilty to killing Michael Smith, Jr. in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
Kadarius Jackson, 23 yoa, was indicted by the Washington County grand jury in November 2015 for the charge of First Degree Murder stemming from the shooting of Michael Smith, Jr. on April 22, 2015 at the Double Quick on Highway 82 in Greenville, MS. This case was scheduled for trial for the third time this year after the two prior settings resulted in mistrials due to the fact that not enough jurors reported for jury service. On July 26, Jackson pled guilty to Smith’s death.
Kadarius Jackson pled guilty to Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to 35 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections of which he will serve 28 years in prison with the remaining 7 years suspended and on 5 years on probation.
Richardson added that, “the District Attorney’s Office is just glad that we were able to give the family of Michael Smith, Jr. a sense of relief in knowing that justice has been served. It is important that those within our communities respond when called upon for jury service. The two previous times that we attempted to try this case a mistrial was declared due to not enough jurors responding to jury service.”
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105