Former Cleveland mayor’s great-grandson appears for court hearing on murder charge
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The great-grandson of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was in court on Tuesday in connection to a fatal shooting in May.
Donald Jackson-Gates appeared for the motions hearing. The 19-year-old suspect, who waived his right to a speedy trial on Tuesday, is charged with:
- 1 count of aggravated murder
- 2 counts of murder
- 2 counts of felonious assault
- 1 count of having weapons under disability
Investigators alleged that Jackson-Gates shot and killed 20-year-old Chris’Shon Jaquez Coleman in a neighborhood on Cleveland’s East side.
Prosecutors believe Jackson-Gates killed Coleman in retaliation for his uncle’s murder.
The former mayor’s grandson, Frank Q. Jackson, was shot to death last fall.
19 Investigates features both Jackson-Gate’s murder case, as well as the murder of his uncle, Frank Q Jackson, in Dark Side of the Land podcast series: The Mayor and the Murder.
According to the prosecutor’s office and police, Coleman was hanging out near East 40th Street when Jackson-Gates approached him and opened fire.
Police were initially dispatched in May for reports of shots fired and first found a large crowd of people at the scene.
Coleman was later discovered with gunshot wounds on the front step of a nearby complex. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Jackson-Gates’s trial is expected to begin February 28, 2023.
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