4th arrest made in murder of Wiley Jackson's brother

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ATLANTA - Police have confirmed a fourth arrest in the murder of Jerrick Jackson, the younger brother of metro-area megachurch pastor Wiley Jackson.

Demetrius Morgan is in the Fulton County Jail following the arrest, Atlanta police reported Wednesday morning.

Felton D. Lovejoy, Geno Lewis and Alejandro Pitts were also arrested and charged with murder and armed robbery in the homicide of the 46-year-old father.

Police said that in May, the suspects forced Jerrick Jackson and his fiancée into their northwest Atlanta home at gunpoint just after they'd pulled into the driveway.

Once inside, the robbers were trying to make their way up the stairs, but Jerrick Jackson knew his fiancée's daughter Anbiya was there.

"They asked him who was upstairs and he told them that his daughter was upstairs and (not to) go up there so I guess he tried to stop them from going up the steps and there was a struggle and he got shot," family member Octavia Adams said.
"I mean, my family's impacted, their family's impacted," said Bishop Wiley Jackson, of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral. "It's time that we all step up and do something. What could make young men so full of anger that they want to harm someone?"

The bishop spoke about the first two arrests from the pulpit Sunday. He said the men who killed his brother wanted to steal his Porsche SUV, and his brother fought back because he feared for his life.

"I know my brother. I know he figured, they're gonna kill me anyway, so I'm gonna take them on. And he probably took the first two, but there was a third with a gun," Bishop Jackson said.

He made his brother's death part of a larger lesson, geared mostly to young black males, about how to react to robberies and police profiling without getting killed or arrested. He also spoke about the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., — an injustice, he said, but a consequence of being black in America and handling a situation all wrong.

Meanwhile, the stepdaughter of Jerrick Jackson called him a hero.

"I know he died a hero. That what makes me happy. I could have lost both my parents. Just to know he did that for me means the world to me. And it really shows me he values me more than a stepdaughter, but as an actual daughter," said Anbiya Mitchell.

Police said more arrests are forthcoming.

"There's at least (two) others that are involved but rest assured that there will be additional arrests that follow," said Atlanta police Capt. Paul Guerrucci 

"It has been a lengthy investigation we want to thank the family for their patience during this investigation because we know it did take quite a while, but we had to build a solid foundation for the charges that we have put on these individuals," said Guerrucci.




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