The jury listened and watched the entire hour and a half interview on the fourth day of the murder trial.
Josue Flores, 11, was stabbed more than 20 times on his way home from school on May 17, 2016.
The HPD’s senior homicide detective was the 27th person to take the position.
He told how he arrested and charged the wrong man in the days after Josue’s murder. He said they used surveillance video and witness statements to confirm his alibi. The detective spoke about two others who they considered possible suspects but quickly cleared.
On June 1, 2016, the detective held a press conference and released photos and surveillance video of the man they believed to be the suspect who walked from the crime scene.
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The next day, he said they got a call from the owner of a Chevron on North Main Street. The owner said the same man in the photos was at his store and using the ATM on the morning of the murder. He remembered the distinctive green jacket the man was wearing. Police obtained a copy of his surveillance video and ATM transaction record.
Through a grand jury subpoena, the detective testified that they were able to obtain records from Chase Bank that linked the card used in the chevron to Jackson.
Other detectives arrested Jackson at The Salvation Army on June 3, 2016 on a pocket warrant, but he was later questioned by the lead detective on the case.
In the taped interview, Jackson identified himself as the man seen in the surveillance photos. He said he had been living with the Salvation Army for about a month at the time of his interview.
“These photos are part of the crime scene or what?” Jackson asked the detective.
He kept asking where the cameras were that took the photos and what other evidence they had to link him to the crime.
“I might feel more comfortable reviewing the evidence with you,” Jackson told the detective.
Several times he denied killing Josue.
“Why would I kill a random person?” Jackson asked the detective. “There is no motive for this murder.”
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The defendant refused to give an alibi when asked several times. Finally, he said he was trying to find the Walgreens or Fiesta in the area but wasn’t sure where it was.
The detective kept asking him why he was running and if he was afraid of something.
Jackson didn’t answer. He later told the detective that he was uncomfortable elaborating on what he saw for fear of retaliation against him.
During the interview, it became clear that Jackson was familiar with Josue’s murder. He knew where the kid went to school and that someone had previously been charged and released. Jackson also said he saw media coverage of the murder and believed they were looking for someone from the Salvation Army. He mentioned that his picture had been featured in the news.
The defense pointed out that the same detective had questioned the man wrongly accused of murder for six hours and 45 minutes and he too was agitated.
“Just because someone doesn’t share information doesn’t mean they’re guilty,” said one of the defense attorneys.
In 2017, charges against Jackson for DNA analysis of his clothing were dropped, according to the detective.
Three witnesses testified before the detective took the stand. Everyone said they saw a man in a green jacket running away from the scene.
One of the witnesses was just 18 years old at the time of Josue’s murder. He testified that he is the one who selected a suspect’s photo from a series that resulted in the wrong man being arrested and charged.
“I felt pressure because I wanted someone to get caught,” he said.
The man, wrongly arrested, was released from prison after 48 hours and his charges were dropped by prosecutors after his alibi was confirmed.
During the trial, one of the jurors fell ill and was relieved of their duties. A deputy entered. The jury consists of seven women and five men.
Prosecutors will continue to call witnesses to the stand on Friday.
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