‘Not guilty’ says Jackson

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By Patrick Yost

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A Madison man charged with shooting a man to death over $20 pled not guilty to several charges Wednesday, including felony murder.

Mentavious Jackson, 22, refused to sign an indictment against him and waived formal arraignment in Morgan County Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Amanda Petty read the charges against Jackson.

Jackson was then led, in handcuffs and leg irons out of the court room. However, he struggled with officers as they attempted to load him into a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport.

Jackson was arrested on December 20, the same day he alleged shot Chris Reid, 44, over an argument regarding $20. In the December shooting, arrest warrants allege that sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on December 20, Jackson shot and killed Reid with a Lorcin .380 handgun and took $20 during an argument over gambling at the Burney Street house of Steve Mathis, 52. Warrants also allege that after the shooting, Jackson also held the same handgun to the head of a woman at her Madison Avenue residence at approximately 4 a.m. Mathis was also arrested at the time and charged with maintaining a disorderly house and maintaining a gambling operation.

In total Mathis is charged with one count murder, two counts felony murder, two counts aggravated assault and one count possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

On January 27 Superior Court Judge William Prior revoked the probation of Jackson.

Judge Prior adjudicated Mentavious Jackson as guilty of two counts of burglary, one count of interference of government property and one count of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act. Jackson was originally charged after he and several other suspects burglarized and ransacked Morgan County High School on January 10, 2011.

According to incident reports at the time, five youths entered the school and ransacked several offices, broke windows and took unknown items. Judge Prior revoked Jackson’s probation and, instead, sentenced him to 20 years on each burglary charge to be served consecutively and five years each on the interference with government property and street gang terrorism charge to run concurrent for a total of 40 years confinement.

If convicted of murder, court documents state, Jackson could face the death penalty, life in prison without parole or life in prison.

irons out of the court room. However, he struggled with officers as they attempted to load him into a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport.

Jackson was arrested on December 20, the same day he alleged shot Chris Reid, 44, over an argument regarding $20. In the December shooting, arrest warrants allege that sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on December 20, Jackson shot and killed Reid with a Lorcin .380 handgun and took $20 during an argument over gambling at the Burney Street house of Steve Mathis, 52.. Warrants also allege that after the shooting, Jackson also held the same handgun to the head of a woman at her Madison Avenue residence at approximately 4 a.m. Mathis was also arrested at the time and charged with maintaining a disorderly house and maintaining a gambling operation.

In total Mathis is charged with one count murder, two counts felony murder, two counts aggravated assault and one count possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

On January 27 Superior Court Judge William Prior revoked the probation of Jackson.

Judge Prior adjudicated Mentavious Jackson as guilty of two counts of burglary, one count of interference of government property and one count of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act. Jackson was originally charged after he and several other suspects burglarized and ransacked Morgan County High School on January 10, 2011.

According to incident reports at the time, five youths entered the school and ransacked several offices, broke windows and took unknown items. Judge Prior revoked Jackson’s probation and, instead, sentenced him to 20 years on each burglary charge to be served consecutively and five years each on the interference with government property and street gang terrorism charge to run concurrent for a total of 40 years confinement.

If convicted of murder, court documents state, Jackson could face the death penalty, life in prison without parole or life in prison.

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