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DA to seek death penalty

Jamie Jackson charged with killing her 9-year-old nephew

Jamie Jackson

LOCK HAVEN — The Commonwealth will seek the death penalty if Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, is convicted of murdering her 9-year-old nephew in November.

District Attorney David Strouse has filed formal notice that he intends to seek the death penalty against Jackson for the murder of Anson Landon Mitchell Stover if she is found guilty.

Strouse filed a Notice of Aggravating Circumstances in the case of Commonwealth v. Jamie Lynne Jackson prior to her scheduled formal arraignment on Monday, Feb. 22.

In the court filing, the DA alleges three aggravating circumstances that he intends to submit to the jury at the eventual time of sentencing in the case with regard to the charge of Criminal Homicide, should Jackson be convicted.

The aggravating circumstances are:

— That the defendant committed a killing while in the perpetration of a felony.

— That the offense was committed by a means of torture.

— That the victim (Stover) was a child under 12 years of age.

Jackson is charged by Lock Haven City Police with criminal homicide in the brutal beating death of the little boy.

She is also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child. She remains in the Clinton County Correctional Facility without bail.

During a two-hour preliminary hearing in January, city police gave gruesome testimony about finding the little boy deceased in the dry bathtub of his residence at 657 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, on Monday, Nov. 30.

Police were called to the scene by Jackson’s father, Hugh Jackson, after his daughter called him and frantically told him “something terrible had happened and she needed his help.” Police met Jackson, who drove to Lock Haven from New York, at the East Bald Eagle Street apartment where Jamie lived with her two daughters, Anson and his three sisters. Jamie adopted Anson and his sisters after the death of their mother.

City Police Detective Richard Simpson gave heart wrenching testimony as he described Anson’s body during the autopsy.

“It was the worst badly beaten body I have ever seen. There is not any part of his body that didn’t have an injury. He had a black eye, cut lip, gash on the chin, bruises on his face and head. His legs were covered with abrasions, bruises and open wounds. There were circular injuries that looked like cigarette burns. His genital areas showed lacerations and blood,” the detective said.

The preliminary autopsy report listed the cause of death as either multiple blunt force injuries or blunt force injuries to the head, Simpson said. He said more lab tests were being done to determine the extent of head injuries which caused swelling and bleeding of the brain.

When interviewed, Simpson said Jackson told him that Anson was a “self destructive” little boy who ruined things, destroyed toys and deliberately urinated on the floor.

She told Simpson she found Anson naked in his bedroom two days prior to police finding the child in the bathtub, so she dressed him and put him in the tub.

Simpson said Jackson told him Anson was faking and that she never saw any injuries on the boy that she felt were life threatening. Simpson said she told him she never called 911 or police about Anson.

During another interview, Jackson told Simpson that Anson “did all the injuries to himself.”

Other testimony during the hearing revealed:

— That Anson weighed 54 pounds on the day of the autopsy and at a doctor’s visit in March 2020, he weighed 71 pounds.

— That Anson’s bedroom had been thoroughly cleaned and dusted, while other parts of the house were not so clean.

— That police found empty beer cans, empty Clorox bottles, cleaning supplies like rags and prescription pill bottles with Jamie Jackson’s name on them, a pair of size 26R jeans, a tank top and sports bra in a Dumpster beside the residence.

The defense attorney Patrick Johnson called no witnesses. After brief closing arguments by both attorneys, District Judge Keith Kibler immediately ruled that Jackson be held for court on all counts.

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