A Jones County grand jury indicted two people Thursday in separate cases involving deaths.
Lawrence Oliver Jackson, 21, of Gray, was indicted on charges of murder, felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree in connection with the February death of a 3-year-old Monroe County boy, according to a Jones County Superior Court record.
Jackson is accused of causing blunt force injuries to the boy’s abdomen, according to the indictment.
Jackson has told authorities he lost his temper and struck 3-year-old Connor Lenning, causing injuries that authorities say killed the boy.
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He was caring for the boy, his girlfriend’s child, Feb. 26 at Jackson’s brother’s house in Gray, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.
When the boy’s mother picked him up that afternoon, the boy was clenching his stomach, complaining of severe pain and seemed drowsy.
He was taken to the hospital in Forsyth early in the evening and was pronounced dead soon after he arrived.
Jackson is being held without bond at the Jones County jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
In an unrelated case, 34-year-old Waleisah Shanell Wilson, of Macon, was indicted on charges of arson and making false statements in connection with an Oct. 10, 2009, vehicle fire that burned 60 percent of 52-year-old Mary Jane Juniper’s body, according to an indictment and the sheriff’s office.
Although evidence was presented to the grand jury regarding a murder charge, the group did not vote to indict Wilson in Juniper’s death. Juniper, also of Macon, died Oct. 25, 2009, according to court records.
Wilson initially told authorities that Juniper, her mother, was carjacked in Macon by two men, according to the indictment.
Prosecutor Gregory Bushway said Wilson has not been arrested, but a warrant for her arrest will be issued.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.