At least three murders on grand jury case list

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 26, 2008

At least three of the 90 criminal cases set to be reviewed this week during the fourth, and final, term of the Warren County Grand Jury for 2008 will be murder cases, District Attorney Ricky Smith said. 

“It does appear we are going to presenting Eric Jackson, Eric Davis and Eric Campbell” said Smith. “Antonio Glasper will also be presented and we’ll let the jury decide if he should be indicted on a murder charge.”

Campbell, Glasper, Davis and Jackson were a part of Vicksburg’s summer string of homicides and are believed responsible for the deaths of five Vicksburg residents.

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Campbell, 27, and Glasper, 22, are accused of shooting David Becker, 26, and Lee Sherman Yates, 42, on June 8 at their home on Speed Street. Becker later died from his injuries.

Davis, 34, is accused of killing Devin Moore, 23, after a June 25 property dispute between the pair.

Jackson is accused of shooting into a home at 2634 Ken Karyl Ave. on June 26 following, what police believe to be an argument over a video game.

The shooting resulted in the death of mother of three, Denise Jackson, 25, and her unborn child. Less than 24 hours later the body of Preston L. Qualls, 25, was found in a vacant yard near the home. Jackson faces three murder charges.

“We’re also working on James Lumpkin, 46, but at this time the case is not ready to be presented and I don’t anticipate it being ready,” said Smith.

Lumpkin is accused of the kidnap, assault and murder of his of daughter’s half-sister, 15-year-old Sharonda L. “Na-Na” Brown. Lumpkin has a previous manslaughter conviction on his record.

Warren County grand juries are chosen four times each year. Law enforcement officers present cases, and jurors decide if there is enough evidence for a criminal trial. If so, indictments are issued and defendants are arraigned and formally told of the charges they face. Most will remain free on bond pending the resolution of their indictments through a trial or plea bargain.

“We’ve got several aggravated assault cases, several drug related cases… everything from grand larceny to armed robbery in addition to the murder cases,” said Smith, who is in the 10th month of his first year in office. “It is going to be a full week — murder cases generally take a little longer.

This will be Smith’s fourth grand jury as district attorney.

The grand jury will be empaneled before Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick Monday.