How the AJC covered the Jerrick Jackson murder from "ATL Homicide"

Retired Atlanta Police Department detectives Vince Velazquez and David Quinn return to the TVOne true-crime show "ATL Homicide" for a second season.
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Retired Atlanta Police Department detectives Vince Velazquez and David Quinn return to the TVOne true-crime show "ATL Homicide" for a second season.

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Credit: TVOne

From the archives: Brother of megachurch minister killed during robbery at his home in front of his fiancee

The TVOne true-crime show "ATL Homicide" featured the 2013 killing of Jerrick Jackson at his home in northwest Atlanta home. Jackson, younger brother of megachurch pastor Wiley Jackson, was returning home with his fiancee when several men robbed him. He was shot several times in the torso as he resisted the men's attempts to go upstairs, where his fiancee's daughter was staying. Five men were later arrested and tried — Alejandro "Big Poppa" Pitts, Demetrius Morgan, Geno Lewis, Felton D. Lovejoy and Montravious Bradley.

"ATL Homicide," now in its second season, recreates cases as told by David Quinn and Vince Velazquez, two retired Atlanta Police Department homicide detectives.

The AJC covered the Jerrick Jackson case and the investigation as it unfolded. You can find highlights of those articles below. You can find the AJC's coverage of other "ATL Homicide" cases here.

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From May 7, 2013: 

Brother of prominent Atlanta minister killed during robbery 

As his fiancee watched, the brother of a prominent Atlanta minister was shot multiple times and killed early Tuesday during a robbery at his home, police said. Jerrick Jackson, 47, was shot multiple times in the torso inside his northwest Atlanta home, located in the 2400 block of Lowe Street, in a neighborhood off Hollywood Road. ...

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From Aug. 1, 2013:

Police make arrest in shooting of northwest Atlanta man

... On Thursday, Atlanta police arrested Alejandro "Big Poppa" Pitts, 18, of Atlanta, on charges of murder and armed robbery. More arrests are forthcoming as the investigation continues, Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement. ...

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From Aug. 2, 2013: 

Second arrest made in death of Atlanta pastor’s brother

A second man surrendered Friday in the May 7 slaying of prominent Atlanta minister’s brother, police said. Geno Lewis, 19, turned himself into the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office ...

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Bishop Wiley Jackson of Gospel Tabernacle Church, seen here in 2005, forgave the killers of his brother Jerrick. During the sentencing of Demetrius Morgan, Bishop Jackson asked the judge for leniency. “Yes he has to pay but give him the opportunity sometime in the future to get himself together,” said Jackson.

Credit: Renee' Hannans Henry

Bishop Wiley Jackson of Gospel Tabernacle Church, seen here in 2005, forgave the killers of his brother Jerrick. During the sentencing of Demetrius Morgan, Bishop Jackson asked the judge for leniency. “Yes he has to pay but give him the opportunity sometime in the future to get himself together,” said Jackson.
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Bishop Wiley Jackson of Gospel Tabernacle Church, seen here in 2005, forgave the killers of his brother Jerrick. During the sentencing of Demetrius Morgan, Bishop Jackson asked the judge for leniency. “Yes he has to pay but give him the opportunity sometime in the future to get himself together,” said Jackson.

Credit: Renee' Hannans Henry

Credit: Renee' Hannans Henry

From Aug. 4, 2013: 

Pastor says of brother’s slaying, ‘Enough is enough’ 

Atlanta megachurch pastor Wiley Jackson says he not only forgives the men accused of killing his younger brother, he’s sorry they destroyed their own lives as well. ...

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From Aug. 7, 2013: 

Fourth arrest made in death of Atlanta pastor’s brother 

... Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Demetrius Morgan, 17, was picked up Wednesday morning by the department’s Fugitive Unit, and was taken to the Fulton County Jail. The third suspect, Felton D. Lovejoy, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday on charges of murder and armed robbery, Sgt. Greg Lyon said. ...

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From June 19, 2014: 

Man gets 25 years for role in crime that killed pastor’s brother

Demetrius Morgan escaped a murder conviction but he didn’t escape a 25-year sentence. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville on Thursday sentenced the 18-year-old Atlantan to 20 years without parole and followed by five years on armed robbery and weapons charges for his role in a high-profile home invasion last year. ...

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Four of the five men arrested and tried in the case of Jerrick Jackson's murder: Alejandro Pitts; Demetrius Morgan; Fulton D. Lovejoy; and Geno Lewis.

Credit: Georgia Dept. of Corrections

Four of the five men arrested and tried in the case of Jerrick Jackson's murder: Alejandro Pitts; Demetrius Morgan; Fulton D. Lovejoy; and Geno Lewis.
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Four of the five men arrested and tried in the case of Jerrick Jackson's murder: Alejandro Pitts; Demetrius Morgan; Fulton D. Lovejoy; and Geno Lewis.

Credit: Georgia Dept. of Corrections

Credit: Georgia Dept. of Corrections

From July 7, 2014:

2 more men admit murdering brother of mega-church preacher

... Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville sentenced Felton Lovejoy, 19, and Montravious Bradley, 18, to life in prison for their role in the armed robbery that ended in the murder of Jerrick Jackson, bringing to four the number of young men convicted in that case. ...

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» MORE: Read the AJC's coverage of the cases in "ATL Homicide" Season 1

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