May 24, 2018

Jackson indicted on murder, aggravated assault charges

Dimitri Merci Jackson

Dimitri Merci Jackson

(Franklin, GA) — A Heard County grand jury handed down an indictment of several charges in the Jackson murder case this week.

Dimitri Merci Jackson, 29, was indicted in Heard County Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, and Aggravated Assault in the death of 38-year-old Antonio “Tony” Moore.

Moore’s partially decomposed body was located in a wooded area near US Highway 27 and Edwards Road in southern Heard County on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by hunters.

The Heard County Sheriff’s Department answered the call that morning and enlisted the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to aid with the investigation.

The victim, a Navy veteran, was reported missing to Huntsville, AL authorities on Sept. 1 by family members. Huntsville police asked the public for help locating Moore on Sept. 21.

University of Alabama Huntsville spokesman Ray Garner said that Moore and Jackson were both full-time students in the electrical engineering program at UAH. Moore transferred to UAH in Fall 2012, while Jackson transferred in Spring 2013.

Both the suspect and victim had relatives in the Atlanta area. Jackson had been renting an apartment in the city of Franklin for just a few weeks prior to his arrest.

Jackson is alleged to have shot Moore 11 times.

Superior Court Judge Allen Keeble denied bond for Jackson at a hearing in October based on the defendant’s lack of ties to the local community as well as the violent nature of the crime.

Heard County assistant District Attorney Sarah Japour told the court at the bond hearing that Jackson was found to be in possession of Moore’s driver’s license and birth certificate and that he had allegedly stolen money from the victim’s bank account.

This week’s grand jury consisted of 20 people and a foreperson. The case is being prosecuted by the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further developments in this case as they happen.

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