Deliberations to begin Tuesday in trial of slain Norcross teen


Jason Dozier is among seven suspects charged in the violent home invasion, robbery and shooting that ended in the death of 15-year-old Nicholas Jackson.

NORCROSS, Ga. - Deliberations are set to begin Tuesday morning in the murder trial of a man accused of murdering a 15-year-old in Norcross.

Jason Dozier is charged with murder and armed robbery in the death of Nicholas Jackson. His trial began Wednesday, one day after one of his co-defendants took a plea deal, agreeing to testify against his alleged accomplice.

The prosecution and defense rested Monday morning. The defense only called one witness and Dozier opted not to testify.

Early last year, Jackson was shot and killed as he hid from a group of home invaders who'd burst into his Norcross home. The Norcross High School freshman hid in his bedroom, but was shot in the heart.

"The robbery was the plan, Nicolas Jackson got in the way," Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told Channel 2's Tony Thomas.

Seven men were charged with murder and armed robbery, but Timothy Johnson’s plea agreement was to testify against the others in exchange for not facing a murder charge.

Porter said Johnson was driving the van and never went inside Jackson’s home.

The feds accuse Jackson, Sr. of being a big-time drug dealer.

Prosecutors believe rumors that drugs and cash were stored at the Jackson home triggered the home invasion and ultimately the teen's murder.