Father’s Day shooter pleads guilty to Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault
Greenwood, MS: Dexter Jackson of Greenwood pled guilty in Leflore County Circuit Court to the shooting death of Corey Spells and the aggravated assault of Drekus Lindsey, which occurred on Father’s Day in 2016. Jackson was indicted by the April 2017 grand jury for the charge of first degree murder and aggravated assault, which arising out of the June 19, 2016, shooting.
Officers with the Greenwood Police Department responded to a call of shots fired with at least one victim being shot at a Father’s Day get together at a house located at the corner of State Street and Avenue K in Greenwood. Medstat personnel attempted to render assistance to Mr. Spells, while officers identified and attempted to render aid to Mr. Lindsey who was the second person injured when Jackson opened fire.
After numerous witnesses identified Jackson as the shooter, officers arrested Jackson who gave a full confession to them as well as Greenwood Police Department investigators. After being found competent to stand trial by the Mississippi State Hospital and Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray, Jackson pled guilty to manslaughter, which is a lesser included offense of First Degree Murder as well as aggravated assault in front of Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines on August 6, 2018.
Jackson is currently incarcerated as he awaits sentencing by Judge Carey-McCray during the October 2018 term of court. Jackson faces a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for each of the crimes that he has pled guilty to.
Richardson added that, “The Office of the District Attorney hopes that these convictions give the family and loved ones of Corey Spells a sense of closure knowing that the man who took his life has been brought to justice.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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