KETR Local
11:32 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

July trial date set in case of slain student

Commerce – Trial is expected to get underway in July in the case of a Pittsburg man, charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of a Texas A&M University-Commerce student last month.

23-year-old Deunjerelle Lester Jackson, of Pittsburg, was indicted on April 30 on a charge of murder in connection to the death of 20-year-old Christopher Rashad Moore. In addition to the murder charge, Jackson is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Texas Rangers, in conjunction with Morris County Sheriff's officials are investigating the case.

Morris County District Attorney Steve Cowan tells KETR a tentative trial date is set for July. Officials will determine during a July 2 hearing what specific day to begin the trial.

Prosecutors are not seeking a death penalty in the case, as the crime does not fit the classification of capitol crimes, according to Cowan. If convicted, Jackson would be sentenced from a minimum of five years to 99 years to life in prison.

Moore was shot outside Katdaddy's club near Daingerfield on April 12. Moore was an accounting major at A&M-Commerce. He's a 2006 graduate of De Soto High School.