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Clinton County woman pleads ‘not guilty’ in death of 9-year-old

Jamie Jackson

LOCK HAVEN — Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, recently entered a plea of not guilty to criminal homicide and other charges in connection with the death of her 9-year-old nephew.

During the proceeding, Clinton County Judge Craig P. Miller appointed attorney Brian W. Ulmer as co-counsel in this matter, due to the commonwealth’s notice of aggravating circumstances and intent to seek the death penalty if Jackson is convicted.

Ulmer, of Lewisburg, is an attorney certified for capital cases and will assist local attorney Patrick Johnson. He will be paid $125 an hour and also be compensated at the prevailing mileage rate for travel in this case.

This latest court proceeding follows District Attorney David Strouse’s Feb. 8 filing of a formal notice of aggravating circumstances and his intention to seek the death penalty should Jackson be convicted of killing Anson Landon Mitchell Stover.

Miller also scheduled status conferences at 11 a.m. on the following Mondays: March 29, April 26, May 17, June 21, July 26 and August 30.

Jackson is charged by Lock Haven City Police with criminal homicide in the brutal beating that led to the death of the little boy.

She is also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child. She remains in the Clinton County Correctional Facility without bail.

During a two-hour preliminary hearing in January, city police testified about finding the little boy deceased in the dry bathtub of his residence at 657 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, on Monday, Nov. 30.

“It was the worst badly beaten body I have ever seen,” City Police Detective Richard Simpson said. “There is not any part of his body that didn’t have an injury. He had a black eye, cut lip, gash on the chin, bruises on his face and head. His legs were covered with abrasions, bruises and open wounds. There were circular injuries that looked like cigarette burns. His genital areas showed lacerations and blood.”

The preliminary autopsy report listed the cause of death as either multiple blunt force injuries or blunt force injuries to the head, Simpson said. He said more lab tests were being done to determine the extent of head injuries which caused swelling and bleeding of the brain.

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