Cedar Rapids man denies killing three family members, makes initial court appearance

Court documents reveal what Jackson said to investigators
A Linn County prosecutor called Alexander Jackson a "danger to the community." He's charged with three counts of first degree murder.
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 10:46 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids man accused of killing his mother, father and sister at the home at 4414 Oak Leaf Court NE on Tuesday morning has made his initial court appearance.

In court documents, officials said Alexander Jackson called 911 and reported he and his dad had been shot by a male intruder.

When law enforcement arrived, they said they found the bodies of Jan Jackson, 61, Melissa Jackson, 68, and Sabrina Jackson, 19.

Investigators said they found a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle inside the home that they believe was the weapon used to shoot the victims.

Jackson told investigators he woke to the sound of gunfire and was shot in the foot during a struggle with a masked man. Jackson said he and his father had left the rifle on the fireplace after cleaing it the previous night.

Officials said they found no signs of forced entry or any indication the residence had been burglarized.

Jackson denied shooting his family members, but admitted his father told him to find a job or move out of the home.

Jackson’s bond has been set at $3 million.

Friends of Sabrina Jackson held a vigil to remember her at Kennedy High School on Wednesday night.

A 20-year-old Cedar Rapids man accused of shooting and killing his mother, father and sister says a masked man did it.

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