The Cedar Rapids Police Department stated Tuesday evening that an Iowa man has been charged with numerous murders after being detained for the deaths of his mother, father, and younger sister inside the family’s home.
Alexander Ken Jackson, 20, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder for killing shooting Jan Perry Jackson, 61, his wife Melissa Ferne Jackson, 68, and their daughter Sabrina Hana Jackson, 19, according to a news statement issued by the department.
After receiving reports of a probable gunshot inside the residence, the Cedar Rapids Joint Communications Center deployed police officers and medical response workers to the residence on Oak Leaf Court NE at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, according to the department.
Officers stated that “there were three family members inside the residence who were found deceased,” according to first responders who located “several victims who had received gunshot wounds.”
The remains of all three family members were found in separate parts of the house, according to reports.
The family had resided in the residence for a decade, according to property documents acquired by The Associated Press.
Alexander Jackson was also hit, according to the police statement, and received a bullet to one of his feet.
Alexander made the first 911 call, telling dispatchers that a male intruder had entered into the family’s house and shot him and his father, according to a copy of the criminal complaint acquired by Iowa news source The Gazette on Wednesday.
Alexander informed responding authorities that he received the gunshot wound during a physical confrontation with the male invader, who he said was wearing a mask, according to the report.
He was taken to Unity Point Health, St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was treated on Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday evening, he was arrested on suspicion of murder and sent to the Linn County Correctional Center on Wednesday.
According to The Gazette, Alexander appeared in court on Wednesday at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, where Sixth Judicial District Judge Casey Jones set his bond at $3 million.
Assistant Public Defender Lindsay Garner defended him in the hearings, and he wore a yellow jumpsuit.
Alexander didn’t speak much at the session, other than announcing his name at the start and requesting the court for a public offender at the end. The motion was granted, and a preliminary hearing was set for June 25.
The maximum sentence for the suspect is life in prison without the chance of release.
- Alex Ken: Linn County Correctional Center