Jackson Man Convicted of First Degree Murder
JACKSON, Tenn. – A guilty verdict was handed down to Damarcus Cole, convicted in the 2011 murder of Demetris Jackson. “I think they (Demetris’ family) feel like justice has been served,” said Captain Tyreece Miller with the Jackson Police Department. “They’ve always wanted someone to be held accountable and I think they got a little piece of that today.” Cole, 27, showed little emotion during the trial that found him guilty of first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. The jury deliberated for just more than an hour. “He faces a life sentence for the murder count, and he faces up to 25 years for the especially aggravated robbery,” said associate district attorney Jody Pickens. Investigators said Damarcus, who is not related to the victim, invited Demetris to his apartment in north Jackson after arranging for two men to rob him. It was during that robbery, police said, that Demetris was fatally shot. “The thing about Damarcus Cole is he and Demetris Cole were friends, so with friends like that, who needs enemies,” said Captain Miller. “So to say that this man is off the streets, Jackson is a little bit safer.” Even with Cole’s conviction, police said the case remains open, searching for the other two men who helped kill Demetris. “We still have work to do because there are still persons out there who are responsible, so there really is no time to celebrate,” said Captain Miller. “It’s time to get back to work on this case.” Damarcus Cole’s sentencing is scheduled for November 12. If you have any information on the other two men involved in the robbery and shooting, call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crimestoppers at 731) 424-(TIPS) 8477.