Murder suspect loose here

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 17, 2004

A shooting in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Ga., last weekend apparently has a frightening connection to Demopolis.

Last Saturday, two Hispanic men were shot to death and another four injured when three men apparently got into an early morning argument. One of the three suspects in the double-homicide has direct ties to Demopolis and has been seen here in the past day.

According to a release by the Marietta Police Department and Demopolis Police Department, Jerry Jermaine Jackson, 20, is at large and faces two charges of murder and give counts of aggravated assault.

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Jeff Manuel, public safety director and acting police chief, confirmed Friday afternoon that Jackson has been spotted in the Demopolis area.

“We can confirm that he has been here,” Manuel said.

According to a release issued by Manuel, Jackson is possibly still in the Demopolis area and could be with some of his known friends.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Jackson, who allegedly took part in a gruesome argument that turned fatal.

According to the Marietta newspaper — the Marietta Daily Journal — 32-year-old Jaime Sanchez Maldanado and 34-year-old Guillermo Calderon were talking outside a duplex in Marietta around 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. At the same time, four other men were also outside at the time.

According to the Daily Journal, Marietta police have speculated that the shooting may have been racially motivated. They also said there could be other motives for the homicides.

Apparently, three males in a car took numerous shots at Maldanado and Calderon, who were both killed. The four other Hispanics at the duplex were also shot, though their injuries are not as severe.

Jackson, police believe, was one of those involved in the shooting.

In a press release issued Friday, Marietta police indicated they had issued arrest warrants for Jackson, Jonathan O’Neal Williams, 18 of Marietta, and Arien Kardale Johnson, 18, of Marietta.

Williams and Johnson were arrested on Wednesday, May 12, on two counts of murder and five counts of aggravated assault. Both are being held at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

As for Jackson, police said it was important that citizens be aware that he could be in the area.

“We don’t want to mess things up for the Marietta police, so there’s not a whole lot we can tell you right now,” Manuel said. “We have conducted searches in Demopolis, and we’re still looking.”

Manuel said members of the public coming in contact with Jackson should notify police immediately. Though he has no reason to consider Jackson armed and dangerous, Manuel said police are treating the suspect as if he is a threat.

Those with information can call the Demopolis Police Department at 289-3073.