Suspect to testify in Jerrick Jackson murder trial
ATLANTA, Ga. -
One of the five men accused of killing the brother of a popular Atlanta preacher has pleaded guilty.
Alejandro Pitts, 18, entered a guilty plea in an armed robbery that resulted in the murder of 47-year-old Jerrick Jackson in a Fulton County courtroom Wednesday. Pitts is expected to testify against his co-defendants.
Pitts, along with Geno Lewis, 20, Felton Lovejoy, 19, and Demetrius Morgan and Montravious Bradley, both 18, are charged with Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity, Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment in connection with the shooting death of Mr. Jackson, according to the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney.
Investigators say the group ambushed and killed Jackson in his East Point home. They say the suspects robbed the couple outside the house, and then forced them inside, where a fight broke out. Jackson was shot multiple times in the torso. The gunmen took off in their vehicle, and the man was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jackson is the brother of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral founder Bishop Wiley Jackson.
Opening statements in this case are expected to begin on Thursday.