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UPDATE: Suspect in deadly shooting picks up new charge as police say gun was stolen

March 24th, 2014 4:03 pm by Becky Campbell

UPDATE: Suspect in deadly shooting picks up new charge as police say gun was stolen

Assistant Public Defender Phillip Ratliff speaks with Jamarcus Jackson during Jackson's arraignment Monday. Ratliff was appointed to represent Jackson by Judge Don Arnold. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press; photo of DeShaun Greer courtesy of King University

Johnson City police investigators said the gun used in a deadly downtown shooting Sunday was stolen during in a home burglary last year.

Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson, 24, 1211 King Springs Road — charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana — now faces a charge of possession of stolen property. He was arrested at the scene of the shooting early Sunday morning in the Cherry Street parking lot.

He is accused of shooting and killing DeShaun Wesley Greer, 24, 1412 E. Cedar St., Bristol, Va., and trying to kill Jamison Lewis Greer, 20, same address.

Police said Jackson fired numerous gunshots in the parking lot, and two other men were injured. He was charged with aggravated assault for “inflicting injury with a deadly weapon” on Zachary Breedlove, 23, 159 Alfalfa Lane, Jonesborough, and with reckless endangerment for the “reckless activity of discharging a firearm” that resulted in an injury to Jonathan McInturff, 27, 944 Larry Mills Lane, No. 1, Kingsport.

Court documents said DeShaun Greer was shot in his chest and lower back area, while Jamison Greer had wounds to his upper back and shoulder area.

As police continued to investigate the shooting, they discovered the weapon used, a Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber pistol, was taken from a residence in Washington County during a burglary in September.

Jackson was slated for a preliminary hearing Wednesday on the charges related to the murder, but it was delayed until April 1 at 1:30 p.m. He now faces arraignment on the new charge Friday.

His bond was also increased from $201,000 to $206,000.

Earlier reported:

A city man charged in a downtown shooting death Sunday was arraigned Monday, while a local college mourned the loss of a well-liked graduate student and basketball player in the shooting.

An attorney was appointed to represent Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson, 24, 1211 King Springs Road, who is charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.

He appeared before Sessions Court Judge Don Arnold for the brief hearing.

“It seems like you’ve got a pretty good handle on what you’re charged with,” Arnold said after Jackson had rattled off the charges against him.

• Scroll down to see video from court.

Arnold appointed the public defender’s office to represent Jackson after reviewing an application requesting a lawyer and asking Jackson about his employment status. Assistant Public Defender Phillip Ratliff was in court at the time of the appointment and spoke to Jackson briefly.

“With my background, I couldn’t get a job,” Jackson told Arnold about not having a job. He said he lives with his girlfriend and she supports him financially.

Jackson was arrested early Sunday morning after Johnson City police responded around 3 a.m. to a shooting in the Cherry Street Parking lot.

He is accused of shooting and killing DeShaun Wesley Greer, 24, 1412 East Cedar St., Bristol, Va., and trying to kill Jamison Lewis Greer, 20, same address.

Police said Jackson fired numerous gunshots in the parking lot, and two other men were injured. He was charged with aggravated assault for “inflicting injury with a deadly weapon” on Zachary Breedlove, 23, 159 Alfalfa Lane, Jonesborough, and with reckless endangerment for the “reckless activity of discharging a firearm” that resulted in an injury to Jonathan McInturff, 27, 944 Larry Mills Lane, No. 1, Kingsport.

Court documents said DeShaun Greer was shot in his chest and lower back area, while Jamison Greer had wounds to his upper back and shoulder area.

None of the shooting details were discussed in court Monday, but there could be testimony about the case Wednesday if the preliminary hearing actually takes place.

In Bristol, several King University officials expressed their sadness at DeShaun Greer’s death.

“The King University community, including its students, faculty, and staff, are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own, DeShaun Greer,” said Dr. Richard Ray, interim president at King. “DeShaun was a well-loved student with a positive attitude and determination to succeed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of need.”

King University men’s basketball Coach George Pitts said Greer was a hard player and knew the meaning of teamwork.

“DeShaun Greer played as hard as anyone that I have coached in my eight years at King. He was a true teammate in every sense of the word and was one of the most likable players on the team. DeShaun was a bright young man who will be missed badly by the King University men’s basketball team. Our heart and prayers go out to his parents, Stanley and Kim, and to his girlfriend, Heavenly,” Pitts said.

King Athletic Director David Hicks also expressed his condolences.

“It’s heartbreaking to see such a bright young life end in such a tragic manner. Our prayers are with DeShaun’s family and friends. Our immediate reaction is to keep DeShaun’s family in our prayers and reach out to meet their immediate needs. Coach Pitts and others from the King community have reached out to the family and we are ready to serve in any manner we are able,” Hicks said.

Police have not said if the Greer brothers knew Jackson, but did say there was a verbal argument, then a physical confrontation that escalated to gunfire.

Police also said it appears Breedlove and McInturff were bystanders and not involved directly with the shooting.

Other bystanders restrained Jackson until police arrived and took Jackson into custody. Officers also recovered a Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber pistol believed to be used in the shooting.

After searching Jackson, police said, officers found a green, leafy substance that was later identified as marijuana.

At the time of his arrest Sunday, Jackson was on probation serving the remainder of a six-year sentence on a robbery conviction that stemmed from a May 2009 incident in which he was accused of robbing a woman who gave him and another man a ride.

Jackson also faced aggravated assault charges from an April 2010 incident, but was never convicted because the victims refused to cooperate with prosecutors. Jackson was captured in Georgia after landing on Tennessee’s Most Wanted list on an attempted murder charge from an April 14, 2010, shooting at apartments in South Johnson City.

He was charged with shooting Keith Maurice Crawford, 22, 611 Well St., Elizabethton. Police reports said Jackson shot Crawford in the leg and abdomen at Jackson’s sister’s home at 34 Town Square. Investigators allege the shooting was in retaliation for Crawford’s alleged assault of Jackson’s sister, Jalesa Harris, who was Crawford’s girlfriend at the time.

Those charges were dismissed.

Jackson will remain jailed on $201,000 bond while the case is pending.

REPORTED EARLIER:

A Johnson City man charged in a weekend shooting death in downtown Johnson City was arraigned in Washington County General Sessions Court Monday.

Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson, 24, 1211 King Springs Rd., is charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment , unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.

He appeared before Judge Don Arnold for the hearing.

“It seems like you’ve got a pretty good handle on what you’re charged with,” Arnold said after Jackson had rattled off the charges against him.

Arnold appointed the public defender’s office to represent Jackson after reviewing a application for a lawyer and asking Jackson about his not having a job.

“With by background, I couldn’t get a job,” Jackson said. He said he lives with his girlfriend and she supports him financially.

Jackson was arrested early Sunday morning after Johnson City police responded to a shooting in the Cherry Street Parking lot.

He is accused of shooting and killing DeShaun Wesley Greer, 24, 1412 East Cedar St., Bristol, Va., and trying to kill Jamison Lewis Greer, 20, also of 1412 East Cedar St., Bristol, Va.

Police said Jackson fired numerous gunshots in the parking lot, and two other men were injured. He was charged with aggravated assault for "inflicting injury with a deadly weapon" on Zachary Breedlove, 23, 159 Alfalfa Lane, Jonesborough, and with reckless endangerment for "reckless activity of discharging a firearm" that resulted in an injury to Jonathan McInturff, 27, 944 Larry Mills Lane, No. 1, Kingsport.

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