Jackson Murder Suspects Identified; Six in Custody
7 Eyewitness News Staff
JACKSON, Tenn. - Six men are in custody and police are searching for several others after indictments were handed down, Friday morning.
The indictments charge suspects in the Sunday morning beating death of Antwan Brooks of Denmark.
According to Jackson police, investigators determined there was a large crowd of people at an apartment in the 50 block of Carolane Drive in West Jackson.
Police believe Brooks was initially jumped from behind by three to four men within the crowd and was taken to the ground. Another eight to 10 more men are believed to have joined in on the beating
During the attack,police said the perpetrators took turns hitting and kicking Brooks. One of the men removed Brooks' shorts and threw them on a nearby basketball goal. Brooks had a cell phone that was taken during the attack.
On Thursday, police presented their investigative findings to District Attorney General Jerry Woodall and asked him to convene a special grand jury. The grand jury met Friday morning and returned indictments on multiple suspects for first degree murder and felony murder.
Beginning Friday afternoon and working through the evening, the Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Gang Task Force executed arrest warrants on those indicted. The task force arrested Terrell Reid, 29; Jonique Merriweather, 30; James Roberson, 27; Michael Anthony Smith, 22; Frank Clement Massengill, 34; and Byron Purdy, 33, all of Jackson.
All six men are being held at the Madison County Jail with no bond. A formal arraignment and bond setting will be held in Madison County Circuit Court on a day to be determined by the court. Authorities are attempting to arrest others involved.
Police said some of the suspects identified and arrested in Brooks' murder are documented members of the Gangster Disciple Street Gang, a.k.a. GD's, a.k.a. G's.
Antwan Brooks murder is still an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at
731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at www.424tips.org and click on “Web Tips”.