Detroit Lion’s brother arraigned on murder charges

By J. PATRICK PEPPER
Times-Herald Newspapers

 

DEARBORN — The brother of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Grady Jackson could be facing life in prison following an alleged attempted murder-suicide at TownePlace Suites, 6141 Mercury Drive, early last Sunday.

 

Nineteenth District Court Chief Judge Mark Somers arraigned Javorris Jackson, of Southfield, on first-degree premeditated homicide and felony firearm charges at a local hospital Tuesday as Jackson recovered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

 

Police believe that about 2:30 a.m., Jackson used a handgun to kill his girlfriend, Courtney Solomon of Lathrup Village, before turning the gun on himself. Solomon, 26, and Jackson, 28, were former classmates at Southfield-Lathrup High School.

 

Dearborn Police Lt. Mark Tobias said Jackson remains stable after being upgraded from temporary critical condition. It is currently unclear what the motive for the shooting was, but Tobias said police previously had dealt with “domestic incidents” between Jackson and Scott.

 

A preliminary exam is scheduled for May 15, Jackson’s health permitting, said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller.

 

Jackson’s brother Grady, who signed an offseason free-agent contract with the Lions, reportedly missed a day of practice this week for “personal issues.”

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