Ga. pastor prays with murder suspect on Easter Sunday

  • Follow Latest News

JACKSON, Ga. — Authorities say a Georgia pastor played a key role on Easter Sunday in ending the search for a suspect accused of killing two family members.

The Henry Daily Herald reports that the Rev. Eddy Wright was preaching about the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday when his cell phone began to vibrate repeatedly.

Wright said it was Herman Leonard Jackson III calling — the suspect police were searching for — and the pastor agreed to meet with him.

The pastor said the two prayed together, and that he told Wright to do the right thing and turn himself in.

Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope says Jackson surrendered to authorities Sunday. He's accused of killing his wife, Penny Phillips, and his 10-year-old daughter Saturday morning at their home near Jackson.

Jackson appeared at a Monday court hearing and asked for an attorney to be appointed to represent him. It was not immediately clear whether a lawyer had been chosen.

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Jane18 04/26/11 - 10:28 am
If this man is guilty of this

If this man is guilty of this crime, he did not kill his wife and daughter, he MURDERED them. There is a difference.

InChristLove 04/26/11 - 12:42 pm
As horrible as this act of

As horrible as this act of violence is, my prayer would be that Mr. Jackson is sincere in his repentance and that God would use him while he is spending his life in prision. What a testimony this man could be while serving his time.

Jane, Mr. Jackson is charged with Murder which means he killed them. Same thing either way you word it.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs