Jamarcus Jackson during his preliminary hearing at the the Washington County Justice Center Tuesday afternoon.(Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press)
Gang signs and a shoulder bump.
That’s what several witnesses described as the lead up to a deadly shooting outside a Johnson City bar last month that claimed the life of a Bristol, Va., man
The testimony came Tuesday in a preliminary hearing for Jamarcus Jackson, 24, Johnson City. He’s charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, simple possession of marijuana and possession of stolen property — the gun.
Jackson is accused of killing DeShaun Greer, 24, attempting to kill Greer’s brother, Jamison Greer, 20, and injuring bystanders Zachary Breedlove, 23, and Jonathan McInturff, 27.
It happened in the Cherry Street parking lot around 3 a.m. March 23 as the men, along with a horde of others, were leaving the Battery.
District Attorney General Tony Clark called nine witnesses to the stand during the hearing, including Jamison Greer who said he saw his brother shot at point-blank range by Jackson.
Earlier in the evening there was an altercation between Jackson and DeShaun Greer as well as one between Jackson and Jamison Greer, according to testimony from the various witnesses. Some of the testimony seemed to conflict with other parts and there was no concrete reason presented about why the shooting happened.
Jamison Greer may have provided a possible motive for the altercation outside when he testified about Jackson “throwing up gang signs.” At some other point in the evening, Jackson and DeShaun Greer had bumped shoulders and had a verbal altercation as well, according to testimony.
Jamison testified he confronted Jackson about why he showed gang signs to his brother.
“I went and asked him why, and he hit me,” Jamison Greer testified. He later said Jackson told him “personal to my face he’d kill me.”
Bar security broke up the scuffle and Greer said he went outside a short time later. That’s when he saw his brother standing with a gun pointed at him.
“I ran up and tackled Jamarcus Jackson,” he testified. By then, the gun had already been fired and DeShaun Greer was on the ground bleeding.
Jamison Greer’s account of tackling Jackson differed from testimony the court heard earlier in the hearing when the head of security at the Battery said he was the one who tackled Jackson.
Other witness testimony included:
n Joshua Mould, who worked outside security, said he was called inside to help with a “skirmish” but it was over when he got there. He escorted DeShaun Greer outside and Jackson went out and walked away. He said Jackson returned and Greer wanted to confront him. As Greer walked toward Jackson, he was shot.
n John Calandros, works inside the Battery as security and helped break up first altercation earlier in the evening between DeShaun Greer and Jackson. Calandros said Greer was “sucker punched and wanted to get revenge just like anybody would.”
n Jonathan McInturff went to the Battery to pick up his brother and was hit by shrapnel after he started running when he heard gunshots.
n Michelle Shepherd, who was at the Battery with friends, said they were sitting in her friend’s car when the shooting started. Shepherd, who has known Jackson two or three years, cried on the stand and said she was afraid to testify.
“I don’t want to lose my life over something I’m not involved in,” she said.
n Samantha Medina, the friend Shepherd was with that night, said she heard gunshots and ducked. When she raised her head back up she saw people on top of Jackson on the ground.
n Michael Parr, head of security at the Battery, testified he didn’t see any of the altercations that occurred inside but he did see the shooting and was the first person to tackle Jackson.
n James Phillips, also a bouncer at the Battery, testified he heard “four pops” and he grabbed the gun from Jackson after Jackson was on the ground. He laid the gun down and didn’t know what happened to it, he testified. Phillips also testified DeShaun Greer went to “fight” Jackson over getting sucker punched and said “that’s what I’d do.”
After hearing all the evidence presented by the state, Sessions Judge Robert Lincoln bound all charges over to a grand jury. Jackson will remain jailed on a $206,000 bond. His Criminal Court appearance is set for May 16.
A Washington County judge bound over a man accused of gunning down a Bristol man and wounding three others in a downtown Johnson City parking lot to the grand jury this afternoon.
Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson, 24, 1211 King Springs Road, 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.
Jackson was arrested March 23 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.
He faces a Criminal Court hearing May 16.
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.
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