Questions remain after Clay couple is found dead
At the end of a gravel drive at Burchell Branch Road, a crime scene unfolded Wednesday afternoon when a local pastor found a body outside a home near Manchester.
The pastor says he found Leon Jackson dead near the front of the house. He then drove to the sheriff’s office, which notified state police.
“When we got detectives on the scene, we discovered the male and female deceased of apparent gunshot wounds," Trooper Lloyd Cochran said.
Multiple questions remain in the killings of Leon Jackson, 64, and 65-year-old Shirley Jackson.
Police have classified this as a homicide investigation. As of Thursday, no one had been arrested. An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning, but the coroner says the results were not available to be released.
Cochran said he was not aware of any suspects. He said investigators were "currently doing interviews right now, talking to friends and neighbors in the area, so it's an ongoing and active investigation."
Investigators do not know when the couple was killed, but the pastor says he hadn’t seen the pair in two weeks. He said he would normally talk to Leon frequently.
Leon Jackson's brother who lives down the hill from the couple, says this is incredibly shocking. He said he doesn’t know how or why any of this could have happened. He said his brother and sister-in-law recently became active in their church and also gave their lives to the Lord.
Ernest Sizemore, a neighbor who called Leon Jackson a friend, said it's "heartbreaking."
"To know that things like that happen,” Sizemore said. “You know he would stop by here all along here, and talk to me. He would say when I would go to church, to put in prayer requests for me.”
Sizemore says the murder brings both fear and sadness to an area that isn’t known for a lot of crime.
“It tears me up and hurts me. I’m going to miss him terribly. Him and his brothers, I thought the world of them,” Sizemore said. “That is right close to your home, you don’t know what is taking place. It keeps you kindly on your toes wondering who is around your home."