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Update on Incident at 8713 Prairie View Drive

March 18, 2005 -- Houston police homicide and robbery investigators have arrested three suspects in a July 2003 fatal beating of an elderly man at 8713 Prairie View Dr.

The suspects, Demarcus Tillis (b/m DOB: 8/12/83), Richard Ellison (b/m DOB: 12/29/84), and Danny Adams (b/m DOB: 7/25/82), all have been charged with capital murder in the 182nd State District Court. The suspects are accused in the killing of Clinton Jackson, 80, of 8709 Prairie View Dr.

HPD Homicide Division Officer B. Harris and Robbery Division Officer J. Bonnette reported:

About 1:25 p.m. on July 9, 2003, the suspects entered the Jackson Food Store, robbed Mr. Jackson and severely beat him. Each of the suspects got less than $50. Mr. Jackson was taken to the hospital and was subsequently bedridden until he died on October 15, 2004 as a result of blunt force head trauma.

The community assisted Officer Bonnette with significant leads, which in turn led to numerous interviews. After Mr. Jackson died, the Homicide Division got involved and suspects were developed. After arrest warrants were obtained for the suspects, they were taken into custody on March 10, 2005 and confessed to their roles in the robbery and slaying of Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson owned and operated the Jackson Food Store since 1952. The suspects knew Mr. Jackson and in their confessions described him as a nice man, and how as young boys it was a treat to shop at his store.

Update JGA/JFC 3-18-05

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