Evansville man arrested in connection with 2018 murder case

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An Evansville man has been arrested in connection with a 2018 murder.

26-year-old Dalarrius Jackson is charged with murder in connection with the death of 21-year-old Amon Johnson.

Johnson’s body was found in an alleyway in the 600 block of E. Missouri St. on November 6, 2018 around 6:00AM. Police believe Johnson died on November 5th around 6:45PM.

According to a police affidavit, officers were called to the scene for a report of a person down. When officers arrived, they said there was a black man lying face up with a large pool of blood around his head and his right hand in his jacket pocket.

Police said they found several shell casings at the scene. They were able to identify Johnson through fingerprint analysis.

According to the affidavit, someone called police saying Jackson and another person, Marquell Lockridge, were involved in Johnson’s murder.

Police interviewed Jackson and several other people about Johnson’s activity the night he died. Jackson told police he was Johnson’s friend and let Johnson live with his girlfriend, Jordan Cosby, for awhile.

Jackson reportedly told police he was with his girlfriend at the Extended Stay Hotel the night Johnson was killed.

When officers spoke with Jackson, they said he brought up Facebook posts, stating he was involved with Johnson’s murder because Johnson stole $4,700 from him. But he denied those allegations, according to the affidavit.

Cosby told police Jackson had been with her at the Extended Stay Hotel, but left for a short time to get food. She said when he returned nothing seemed out of the ordinary, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Cosby first told police she had never seen Jackson with a gun, but then retracted that statement and said she had seen Jackson with guns on more than one occasion. She said he had a gun in her home. Police say Cosby told them it was a semi-automatic black handgun.

Cosby also told police Jackson had money stolen from him and thought Johnson had done it.

A forensic examiner for the FBI tracked Johnson’s and Jackson’s phones to a phone tower in the area of the murder. Both phones continued to travel east after the murder until Johnson’s phone could no longer be tracked.

According to the affidavit, the track ends at a tower that services the area that includes the Extended Stay Hotel.

Surveillance video was recovered from Hooters, where Jackson picked up food for he and Cosby, before heading back to the hotel.

Other surveillance video was recovered from a gas station at Washington Ave. and Newburgh Rd. that shows Jackson and the time stamp shows 7:54PM.

There was no surveillance video from the hotel to show when Jackson returned.

Jackson was arrested and is being held without bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

If anyone has information about this shooting, you’re asked to call EPD at 812-436-7979 or the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

In 2014, Eyewitness News reported Jackson is the leader of the LA Zombies street gang. And he has a lengthy criminal record.

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(This story was originally published on November 14, 2019)

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