Macon man claims self defense in 2013 slaying

awomack@macon.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Keith Valentino Jackson

A Macon man charged with murder in the 2013 shooting death of a man on Adams Avenue claims he acted in self-defense.

Thursday, a Bibb County judge denied bond for Keith Valentino Jackson, 42.

Jackson is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Brandon Jordan in the head and torso April 9. Two other men were injured in the gunfire, according to Bibb County Superior Court records.

Bobby Bearden, Jackson’s lawyer, argued that an eyewitness has said Jordan and two of his brothers went to the boarding house where Jackson lived and had an argument.

Jordan and his brothers returned days later and one of them brandished a gun while arguing with Jackson’s brother-in-law. At some point, the gun was dropped and Jackson used it to shoot Jordan, Bearden said.

“Mr. Jackson had a right to defend himself and to defend another person,” he said.

Jordan’s family has said Jordan and his two brothers went to the Adams Avenue house and one of the brothers fought with a man at the house. They say a man at the house pulled a gun.

One of the brothers has said Jordan tried to calm the situation.

A police report notes that Jackson had been “approached by” one of the brothers just before the gunfire began.

Bearden asked that Jackson’s bond be reduced to $20,000 from $150,000. Judge Tripp Self denied the request, saying the bond already had been lowered from $250,000.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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