No bond for suspect in Dec. 14 slaying

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 11:43 AM
Last updated 3:32 PM
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Bond was denied Thursday for the man accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Webster Thacker, a former Glen Hills High football player.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Stewart said the homicide on Dec. 14 started as a fight over a dice game between Thacker and the suspect, Ervin Cordarious Jackson, 24, near Jackson’s home in the 2500 block of Drayton Drive.

A witness told investigators that Jackson first punched Thacker, then the two went outside to continue the fight. The witness said Jackson left with the intention of getting a gun, then returned minutes later and confronted Thacker again, Stewart said.

The witness said Jackson reached into his jacket pocket as if to retrieve a weapon; the witness turned her head and heard four or five shots, but didn’t see who fired, Stewart said. The prosecutor added that Jackson told her, as he left, “Don’t be a snitch.”

An autopsy later showed that Thacker was shot three times in the back and once in the chest. He stumbled for about half a block before collapsing on Drayton Drive; he later died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Jackson, who is charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shook his head in denial while Stewart read the prosecution’s case against him. His attorney said the homicide was a case of self-defense.

Superior Court Judge William Fleming denied bond, saying Jackson posed a threat to the community.

Outside the courtroom, Thacker’s grandmother, Mildred Lamb, said the family was relieved that bond was denied.

“This was a vicious act,” she said.

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