Five Count Capital Murder Indictment Is Handed Down

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A five-count capital murder indictment is handed down in a murder case that some wondered if it would ever be solved.

27 year old Clayton Jackson was moved to the Clay County Detention Center after a judge refused to give him a bond earlier Thursday.

Jackson was arrested in London Wednesday night and charged with arson, theft and five murders in the deaths of Chris Sturgill, his wife Amanda and their three sons Michael, Robert and Jordan.

It happened in the Roark community of Leslie County in February 2004.

The indictment reveals new details about what may have happened nearly four years ago.

It's been nearly a four year investigation into the Sturgill family deaths before the un-named suspect police claimed to have had, was finally identified as Clayton Jackson.

He was indicted and arrested Wednesday evening for the five murders.

“Sometimes I guess things take more time than what we want them to take,” Linda Smith said.

Chris Sturgill's mother, Linda Smith hasn't even received an official cause of death.

The Leslie County Coroner says state police did not want details released to the public until an indictment was returned.

Even without the death verifications signed, Clayton Jackson's indictment reveals more information into the case.

“We now know Chris Sturgill was not the only one killed before their trailer was set on fire. Clayton Jackson was indicted for shooting and killing all five members of the family, even the three little boys.”

It's hard for Smith to think that a guy her children grew up with could take them away.

“He stayed all night at my house plenty of times, slept on my couch, on their beds, played with them, run up and down the road with them,” Smith said.

The victim's family is smiling together and breathing a sigh of relief that the investigation is picking up momentum with an arrest.

Charged with capital murder, Clayton Jackson could face the death penalty.

He's scheduled to be arraigned in Leslie County on December 5th.

Jackson did not want to be interviewed, but his mother contacted us and says she wants to tell another side of the story.

We'll have the latest on that right here on WYMT and wymtnews.com.


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