On Nov. 30, 2000, Jackson’s body was found at a city wastewater treatment facility. The case remained cold until last May, when a grand jury indicted Edwards on six counts of murder. Edwards was accused of strangling Jackson and then stabbing her, according to the indictment.
Jackson was a college senior at the time of her death. She had changed her major from physical education to early childhood education and was working as an assistant coach to the eighth grade girls’ basketball team at Carrollton Junior High School, a roommate previously said. Jackson was a standout on the girls’ basketball team at Henderson High School.
After Edwards’ guilty plea, the DA and Carrollton police credited one detective’s work in the case, James Perry, now chief of police for West Georgia Technical College.
“Without a doubt, this case would remain unsolved without Chief Perry’s determination to find her killer and bring him to justice,” the DA and police said in an emailed statement. “From the day Miss Jackson died until today’s guilty plea, not a single day passed that Chief Perry did not put some work into solving the case. Chief Perry never forgot.”