Former Cleveland mayor’s great-grandson appears for court hearing on murder charge

Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM EDT
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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.