WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A suspect involved in the shooting at a Port Allen High School football game is facing a second-degree murder charge after being arraigned Thursday.
During a Sept. 1 football game against Brusly High School, Ja’Kobe Queen, 15, was killed and Port Allen resident Brasia Davis, 28, was injured. The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office identified Jarrettin Ranaud Jackson II, 18, as a suspect.
Jackson was originally charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, carrying a firearm on school property and possession of a machine gun.
According to District Attorney Tony Clayton, he was indicted by a grand jury in September on charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, carrying a firearm on school property at a school-sponsored function, possession of a machine gun and obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence, all felonies.
Criminal justice attorney James Rothkamm, who’s representing Jackson, said he’s waiting on the court to give him a copy of the indictment to gather further charges.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the police reports or anything from the district attorney’s office at this time. So, it’s hard to say what evidence or what they’re trying to present against Mr. Jackson at this time. He is a young kid,” Rothkamm said.
“It’s a very unfortunate event,” he said. “We have two families that are devastated by this incident. But I would ask everybody just to wait until everything comes out, wait till the evidence comes out before making it to judgment.”
Jackson’s pre-trial conference date is scheduled for Dec. 4.
“There are a lot of things that are in the works and there’s a lot of things that could happen with this,” Rothkamm said. “So, it’s going to take a while. Until this is resolved, we just ask everybody that patient and to pray for both families.”