Two Jackson teens are being held without bond after being arraigned on charges Wednesday stemming from the Aug. 11 shooting death of Jarvis Vinson, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
The two teens, who are both male and 17 years old, were arraigned Wednesday afternoon during a detention hearing on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Both teens, who were also appointed attorneys, are being held at the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center as they await a Sept. 5 transfer hearing.
According to Jackson Police Lt. Tyreece Miller, the teens have not been charged as adults, which is why their identities have not been released. But, Miller said if the teens are transferred to adult court in September, their identities will be released.
Both teens were arrested Monday around 3:50 p.m. following a traffic stop on Labell Street after Violent Crimes investigators had conducted surveillance on them. They were stopped in the same silver Oldsmobile that was used in the Aug. 11 drive-by shooting. During a search of the car, officers found a clear plastic bag containing 14 individual bags of marijuana. The marijuana had a weight of 14.7 grams. Both teens were additionally charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale.
On Monday night, police recovered a semi-automatic handgun believed to have been used in the shooting from the home of one of the teens.
The investigation into the shooting death determined that there was an altercation between individuals in the early morning hours of Aug. 11. The two 17-year-olds were not involved in the fight but received a phone call about it shortly afterward. They then drove to the area of Brianfield Drive in response to the call. A third unidentified man got into the car with the two 17-year-olds.
Police said the preliminary investigation showed that Vinson, 23, of Jackson and a 27-year-old man were dropped off by another friend in front of a fourplex apartment building in the 20 block of Brianfield Drive. The 27-year-old lived there and Vinson was coming inside to visit.
Around 3:20 a.m., one of the 17-year-olds drove past Vinson and the 27-year-old man while they were outside of the apartment building. The second 17-year-old and the unidentified man both fired shots from a silver Oldsmobile.
Vinson was struck once, the release said. He was taken by private vehicle to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital with a gunshot wound around 3:30 a.m. He underwent emergency surgery and was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m.
Police are continuing their investigation to determine the identity of the second shooter. He is believed to be an adult.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at www.424tips.org and click on “Web Tips”.