New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese once said Janzen Jackson had the talent to become a very successful football player for Big Blue, but that he needed to overcome his off-field issues in order for that to happen. However, the stars never aligned for Jackson, and four months after signing with Big Blue as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, the one-time superstar prospect was released and his time in the NFL almost immediately came to an end.
Now, two years removed from his time with the Giants, Jackson finds himself wearing a new uniform — that of the Twin Towers correctional facility in Los Angeles, where he's been since September on charges of murder after allegedly strangling his Mother's boyfriend, Frank Herrera, before leaving the body to decompose in the trunk of a car for several days.
“[Frank] was the nicest guy on earth,” Hector Herrera said of his deceased brother. “How did this happen to someone like that?”
During a preliminary court hearing back in April, Jackson's Mother testified that her son had been suffering from an apparent mental issue in the weeks leading up to Herrera's death, and was often seen talking to himself and acting strangely. She eventually called county mental health workers to evaluate Jackson a month prior to the murder, but little was done and Jackson's potential issues were, ultimately, dismissed.
But prosecutors say that on September 11th, as Herrera was supposed to drive Jackson to his great-uncle’s house in the afternoon, things took an ugly turn and Jackson ended up strangling Herrera to death. They also submitted video surveillance footage that shows Jackson dragging a "large bundle" out of the apartment building the two were living in at the time.
While appearing in court last month, Jackson entered a "not guilty" plea and is currently being held on $1 million bail. His next court date is scheduled for July 15th.
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