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Mississippi Police: Autopsy reveals man found decapitated in Jackson was alive when his head was cut off

June 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mississippi Police: Autopsy reveals man found decapitated in Jackson was alive when his head was cut off

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Mississippi Police say 30-year-old Jeremy Jerome Jackson whose headless remains were discovered incinerated was still alive when he was beheaded, an autopsy revealed.

Officials also revealed Jackson also sustained a non-fatal gunshot to the leg. His body was discovered less than a mile away from his head — which was placed on the doorstep of a Jackson residence — leaving the police to question the violent nature of the killing.

Because of the ruthlessness of the murder, investigators in Jackson have recruited the help of the FBI.

Mississippi police are searching for a man wanted in connection to the death of 30-year-old Jeremy Jerome Jackson. (JACKSON POLICE DEPT.)

The DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Attorney’s office joined Police Chief Lee Vance to discuss Jackson’s case along with the “assassination” of barbershop owner Johnny Brown, which transpired just before Jackson’s body was found.

“The manner in which these two incidents occurred, I found to be shocking, bizarre, brutal and unacceptable to Jackson and its citizens,” Vance said during a news conference.

He added that the slaying of Jeremy Jerome Jackson was “truly unique,” noting that the department had never investigated a decapitation case. FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze also noted that he has never worked a case like this during his career.

Gang specialists have confirmed the existence of MS-13 in Mississippi — a group whose violent crimes often involve decapitation and burning.

Autopsy reports show that Jackson was beheaded alive and also suffered from a gunshot wound to the leg. (WLBT)

Johnny Jackson tearfully remembered seeing his brother for the last time Friday. He said he thought Jeremy was purposefully targeted.

“From my speculation, it was a message sent from somebody or to the city because you just don’t kill in the bushes then take their head and put in on display,” he said to WLOX. “They displayed it, and you could ride down the street and see it on the step. To me, it was a message.”

Johnny added that his brother had been living with him while he was it school and cared for his children.

Authorities on Tuesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi

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