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Lyons Man Arrested for Threatening Jury
Monday, 30 September 2013

September 30--  A Toombs County jury spent four days last week hearing an armed robbery case.  When the guilty verdict was announced, the father of the defendant threatened the jury and was arrested.

ImageArreon Jackson of Lyons (left) is one of four people who were charged with aggravated assault and the armed robbery in March, 2012 of migrant workers at Herndon Farms south of Lyons.  Three of those charged entered guilty pleas while Jackson pled not guilty.

Even though Judge Bobby Reeves warned those in the courtroom to remain silent when the verdict was announced, Jackson's mother fell on the floor crying.  Her husband, 44-year-old Cornelius Jackson of 251 West Columbia Avenue in Lyons, shouted and was told to leave the courtroom. 

ImageOn the way out, Jackson raised his fist at the jury and shouted, "You're dead!"

District Attorney Hayward Altman says Jackson was arrested immediately.

"The Sheriff's Office responded immediately.  Thirteen warrants charging intimidation or injury of a juror were issued for Cornelius Jackson based on the threat that was made in the courtroom.

"We have to take a stance to insure that the safety of jurors is protected and that when that safety is threatened in any manner that we will take the appropriate response," the DA said.

Jackson is being held without bond in the Toombs Detention Center. 

Sentencing for his son, who's being held in the same jail, is expected next week, according to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight. 

 
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