Youth charged with murder

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A 21–year–old Madison man is in jail and charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man during a gambling dispute. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Mentavious Jackson was arrested by Madison Police Department officers and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies while walking down Vine Street at approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday, December 20. Thompson said authorities believe Jackson shot and killed Christopher Reid, 44, while the two argued in the garage of a Burney Street residence at approximately 2 a.m. The argument, Thompson alleged, was related to a small amount of money Jackson allegedly owed Reid.

Thompson said authorities believe Jackson pulled a small caliber pistol and shot Reid once in the chest. The pistol was recovered and seized after Jackson’s arrest. Jackson is charged with murder, aggravated assault, theft by taking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Thompson said the theft by taking charged related to the money issue with Reid. Jackson allegedly pulled the pistol on a woman at a Madison Avenue residence moments before authorities arrested him, Thompson said.

Reid was pronounced dead at the scene and was dead when emergency workers arrived, Thompson said. A single shell casing was collected from the garage. On Tuesday, Madison Police officers arrested the Steve Mathis, 52, and charged him with maintaining a disorderly house and maintaining a gambling operation. Thompson said Mathis is the owner of the 515 Burney Street house were the fatal shooting occurred. He said authorities believe that several people were in the garage on the property were several different types of gambling games were in progress when the shooting occurred.

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