Judge denies challenges in homicide of Lock Haven 9-year-old
LOCK HAVEN – Clinton County President Judge Craig Miller has denied nearly all parts of a pre-trial motion submitted by Jamie Lynn Jackson’s defense as she tries to challenge evidence accusing her of killing her 9-year-old nephew.
Jackson, 36, is accused of abusing Anson Stover and leaving him for dead in a bathtub in her home along East Bald Eagle Street in November 2020.
She is charged with criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of children, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, abuse of corpse, concealing death of a child and two counts of Aggravated Assault by the Lock Haven City Police Department.
Among the requests denied were motions to suppress evidence obtained from Jackson’s home along East Bald Eagle Street, suppress statements made by Jackson during interviews conducted on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2020 and declaring the death penalty unconstitutional.
A pre-trial hearing was held in July where Jackson’s defense attorneys ä Patrick A. Johnson and Brian W. Ulmer ä and District Attorney Dave Strouse submitted evidence and questioned three officers involved in the case, including Detective Richard Simpson and two Lock Haven City Police officers.
At the conclusion of the hearing in July, Miller granted motions regarding individual Voir Dire ä a preliminary examination of a witness or a juror by counsel; the Commonwealth providing limited daily transcripts to the defense during trial; a requirement that all witnesses providing victim impact statements and judicial review of all victim impact evidence be submitted to the defense; require the Commonwealth to disclose exculpatory victim impact evidence; and permit subsequent filings.
Motions regarding preservation of the crime scene and subsequently allowing jurors to view the crime scene in person were considered moot following a discussion with both the defense and prosecution at the time.
The remaining motions put forth by the defense were the suppression of evidence from Jackson’s home along East Bald Eagle Street where Stover’s body was found; suppression of statements made by Jackson; to quash notice of aggravating circumstances; to hold an evidentiary hearing concerning the asserted aggravated circumstances; declaring the death penalty unconstitutional; prevent death qualifications of prospective jurors or separate juries from the guilt phase to the potential penalty phase; allow the defense the last closing argument; allow a supplemental jury questionnaire be used.
Miller denied all motions expect the questionnaire in his 17 page opinion and order.
A capital murder trial is set for March 28, 2022 with jury selection slated to begin March 21, 2022. The trial could last until April 8, 2022.