More than 16 years after Kareem M. Jackson killed two Columbus men execution-style in a robbery that netted $45 and a small bag of marijuana, the Ohio Supreme Court set Jackson's execution date yesterday.
More than 16 years after Kareem M. Jackson killed two Columbus men execution-style in a robbery that netted $45 and a small bag of marijuana, the Ohio Supreme Court set Jackson’s execution date yesterday.
He is to live two-plus years longer on Death Row, until Jan. 21, 2016.
Jackson, now 39, was sentenced to death for murdering Terrance L. Walker and Antorio Hunter during a drug robbery at an apartment near Westerville Road and Oakland Park Avenue in Clinton Township on March 25, 1997. He originally was sentenced to death in 1999, but his execution was postponed by appeals, which are exhausted.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who requested the execution date, expressed frustration at how far in advance it was set by the Supreme Court.
Court officials have explained that they set executions no closer than 30 days apart at the request of the Ohio Department and Rehabilitation and Correction. Thirteen men are scheduled for lethal injection over the next two years, including two others from Franklin County: Warren K. Henness and Alva Campbell Jr., on Jan. 7, 2015, and July 15, 2015, respectively.
Ohio has had 52 executions since resuming capital punishment in 1999; only two of the condemned have been from Franklin County.
Court records show that Jackson shot his victims in the head through a seat cushion while they begged for their lives.
Michael Watson, who at the time was a Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge, said at Jackson’s sentencing, “The reason this is happening to you is because you alone made the choice of committing these cold-blooded, heinous murders. May God have mercy on your soul and comfort the families affected by your deeds.”
At his sentencing, Jackson was in a wheelchair with both hands bound; both of his legs had been broken during a failed escape attempt from the Franklin County jail.
Jackson was a member of his youth choir at his church and was a finalist in a national contest called the Bible Bowl. However, he left home at 16 and got involved in numerous criminal activities, records show.
Jackson’s co-defendants, Derrick Boone, Michael Patterson and Malaika Williamson, have been released after serving prison terms of 10 to 15 years.