Man accused in 2012 beating death appears in court

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — One of the suspects charged in the 2012 beating death of a Vicksburg man appeared in court Tuesday.

Jontez Garvis was charged with capital murder, but a judge accepted his manslaughter plea.

“It was never my clients intent to take part in a homicide, or murder as people commonly know it,” Garvis’ Attorney, Ali Shamsiddeen said.

“He’s happy now that he has at least been able to exonerate himself from that aspect of it,” he explained.

Garvis received 20 years for manslaughter, five years for armed robbery, five years post-release, and five years suspended.

Authorities said Fred Jackson was beaten at his job in Jackson in January 2012. Jackson died weeks after in the incident.

In a Hinds County courtroom, Garvis offered an apology for Jackson’s death something the victim’s daughter will not accept.

“There was no remorse in his eyes, I didn’t hear it in his voice and he waited until a plea deal was offered then he wants to apologize,” Jackson’s daughter, Shelia Hedrick said. “He’s had four years to reach out to our family.”

David Thomas is also charged in the case. He is expected to appear in court May 9.


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