MURDER USA Anne Arundel Police say Veronique Jackson shot and killed her husband before taking her own life; Prosecutor Wes Adams plea deal backfires with Clayton Murphy
ODENTON, MD. – First, she killed her husband and then she turned a gun on herself and ended her life.
Over the last several weeks the Anne Arundel County Crime Lab and Evidence Collection Unit analyzed several items recovered from the residence. The physical evidence recovered from the scene identified the suspicious deaths of Veronique and Charles Jackson as being a murder-suicide. The evidence identified Veronique as having shot and killed Charles, her husband, before turning the weapon on herself.
Anne Arundel Police reported that on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at approximately 7:05 a.m., Anne Arundel County Western District officers responded to 2013 Brigadier Boulevard in Odenton, Md., for two persons that had been shot.
Police say that a resident of the home called 911 after finding the victims. Upon arrival officers located two people suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced both subjects deceased. The male victim was identified as Charles James Edward Jackson, a fifty-five-year-old male, and the female was identified as his wife Veronique Crystal Jackson, 47, both of the residence on Brigadier Boulevard that they purchased in 2001 for $276,500.
Anne Arundel Police report that homicide detectives arrived at the grisly scene and worked throughout the day and evening with Evidence Technicians in collecting numerous items of evidentiary value.
A canvass of the area by police was completed where several witnesses were identified and interviewed. Several family members responded to the Criminal Investigation Division and were cooperative with the ongoing investigation.
Police were quick to announce that the deaths were “targeted” and not performed at random by a roving nutcase or a case of a home invasion.
COPS: HE ROBBED THE ONE WHO HELPED HIM;
NOW IT’S TIME FOR REAL JAIL TIME TO KEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE
GAMBRILLS, MD. – What do the prosecutors and police do with a guy who may profit from rehab, mental health counseling or a long stint in prison? Doors number one and two have been tried following recent arrests in the last two years and now it appears that Clayton Murphy has but one option – everything he can gain behind a cell door.
Anne Arundel Police report that on March 22, 2018, at approximately 6:44 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery in the 1000 block of Springhill Way in Gambrills.
The adult female victim stated she was approached by the suspect who asked her for a ride. She agreed and drove the suspect to the area of Waugh Chapel Road. While on Waugh Chapel Road, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s cell phone and wallet. The victim complied, and the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Several officers responded to canvass the area and located the suspect, Clayton Taylor Murphy, 21, outside his residence at 524 Monterey Avenue, Odenton, Md. He was taken into custody and positively identified by the victim.
The currency was located on a wooded trail nearby, and a BB gun was recovered from the suspect’s residence. Officers were unable to locate the victim’s cell phone. The suspect was arrested and charged with armed robbery, robbery, false imprisonment, 1st-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.
- Murphy was given a plea deal by Anne Arundel States Attorney Wes Adams that involved the following charges put on the Stet Docket, which will all be brought back against him as a result of this robbery arrest: illegal possession of ammo, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs other than pot – all on Jan. 12, 2018. Murphy entered a guilty plea to indecent exposure. THE DEAL: three years in prison with all but six months suspended.
- With an indictment issued by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury on Feb. 3, 2017, for armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, extortion, use of a dangerous weapon to injure, attempted home invasion, Prosecutor Adams made yet another deal which kept Murphy out of prison or a mental institution and available to commit another robbery.
- In a plea deal on Feb. 12, 2018, Murphy entered a guilty plea to extortion and second-degree assault. THE DEAL: all other charges were dropped by States Attorney Adams and a jail term of 2556 days in jail with all but 135 days suspended, providing little truth in sentencing for the citizens of Anne Arundel County. As a result of his most recent arrest, a violation of probation with a request for a warrant was entered into the court record on March 23, 2018.
Court records reveal that as of March 25, 2018, Murphy is still in jail pending a preliminary hearing on April 24, 2018, in Anne Arundel District Court.