Jackson to appear in court Feb. 3

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Goshen man who shot and fatally killed his son is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.

Sammy D. Jackson, 44, was charged with murder and attempted murder after a Nov. 9, 2013, incident occurred in Jackson’s County Road 1143 home.

According to reports, Jackson fatally shot his 18-year-old son with a 12-gague shotgun that Saturday morning. Jackson then shot his 16-year-old son as the boy tried to escape through an open window. The younger son survived the incident.

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Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said following the incident that the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute between Jackson and his wife that had started Friday evening. Thomas said there had been a history of domestic problems with in the family.

Jackson was released on $100,000 and $50,000 bonds in January 2014. His arraignment was held in April 2014

District Attorney Tom Anderson said the defense requested a continuance Jan. 5, but it was opposed by the DA.

“The defense is asking for a continuance and permission to have another mental evaluation, performed by an examiner of their choosing,” Anderson said. “We’ve opposed the continuance.”

Jackson’s trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 3 in with Pike County Circuit Judge Shannon Clark presiding.