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    Rashad Riddick Charged With 3 Counts of Capital Murder in 2011 VA Triple Homicide But Will Not Face the Death Penalty



    Chante Latrice Davis, 26



    James Clark Jackson, 55



    Karen Lee Jackson, 53



    Rashad Matthew Riddick, a 23-year-old Newport News resident, is charged with three counts of capital murder in Madison County. (Newport News Police Dept.)


    Newport News man faces capital murder charges in triple homicide

    A Newport News man was arrested on Sunday night and charged with three counts of capital murder in a weekend triple homicide in Madison County.

    Rashad Matthew Riddick, 23, was arrested at a motel in Newport News. According to a press release issued by the Madison County Sheriff's Office, investigators from the sheriff's office and Virginia State Police will come to Newport News on Monday to interview Riddick.

    The press release identified the victims as James Clark Jackson, 55; Karen Lee Jackson, 53; and Chante Latrice Davis, 26. A news report in Charlottesville identified the victims as a married couple and their child. There was no immediate word regarding any connection between Riddick and the victims.

    Investigators went to the family's home on Saturday after receiving reports of an unresponsive man lying in the yard. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and investigators found the other two victims inside the home, also dead.

    A pickup truck, listed as missing from the victims' residence, was located at an undisclosed location on the Peninsula on Sunday.

    According to online court records, Riddick was convicted in August 2005 of attempted carjacking, assault of a police officer, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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    Remembering Jacksons, daughter

    The victims of the triple homicide in Madison County will be remembered as a wonderful family who loved animals and nature.

    James Clark Jackson, known as Clark to his friends, 55, his wife, Karen Lee Jackson, 53, and her daughter, Chante Latrice Davis, 26, were found dead Saturday. The father was lying in the family’s yard, shot to death. The two women were found lifeless inside the family’s farmhouse off Forest Drive (Route 671), a little more than a mile east of South James Madison Highway (U.S. 15). All three were apparently shot and had wounds to their upper body.

    Authorities later arrested Rashad Matthew Riddick, 23, of Newport News, Clark Jackson’s nephew, in connection with the murders. They say Riddick is a convicted felon who was released from state prison in November 2010.

    The couple, daughter and her 3-year-old son lived on Bill and Lindy Sanford’s 1,300-acre Arrowpoint farm in southern Madison County. The couple had worked on the farm for the last 17 years, with Clark Jackson managing its day-to-to operations, in particular its 250-head angus-mix cattle herd, Lindy Sanford said. Karen Jackson worked with the cattle occasionally and helped with the horses.

    “They were the best people – they would give you the shirts of their backs, they were such loving, giving, wonderful, wonderful people,” Sanford said.

    Janice Barbour, of Ruckersville, the sister of Karen Jackson, said the couple was married for about 10 years and loved their children.

    “They were really in love. They got along really well,” said Barbour. The couple’s anniversary would have been this past Monday – they were married on Valentine’s Day.

    Barbour will miss the cookouts, birthday parties, baby showers and fishing trips with them. She said the family were real animal lovers and spent most of their time outside working on the farm. She said Karen Jackson had a beautiful garden and loved to raise calves.

    “She was sort of like Mother Nature. She was a very sweet person,” said Barbour.

    She said Karen Jackson grew up in Albermarle County and had been in Madison County for the last 17 years.

    Their daughter, Chante Davis, was “just like her mother” said Barbour. She loved riding horses on the farm and enjoyed playing basketball. She was a graduate of Madison County High School and was working at the Marshall’s store in Charlottesville, Barbour said. Davis had a son, Jayden, 3, who lived in the house. The baby happened to be at a relative’s house at the time of the shootings. Neighbors suspect that if Jayden was there he might have been killed too.

    “We have been trying and trying to figure out why this guy would come and do this. They have taken him into his home three or four times. This is something we can’t understand. They treated him like family. For him to go around and do this, it makes no sense,” said Barbour.

    Joanne Martin, from Gordonsville, a niece of Karen Jackson, said they were a very loving family.

    “Family always came first. She was always at every family function. She trusted everybody. Her door was always open. She loved animals a lot, flowers, plants were her thing. They enjoyed going to the pond and going fishing,” said Martin.

    Martin said Karen Jackson’s nickname was Tutt because she liked Tootsie Rolls as a child.

    Courtney Hall, a friend of the Jackson couple for the last four years, said she will miss them greatly.

    “They were no two nicer people on this earth. They were perfect people. They smiled and laughed all the time. It’s no fair. No one deserves to die like that especially those two,” said Hall, of Mitchells. Hall rode horses on the farm where the couple worked.

    Janie Kanter, of Rochelle, has been a friend of the Jackson couple for 20 years, and knew her through the “horse world,” she said.

    “Karen and Clark both were a lovely couple. Her agenda in the world was to save the world one soul at a time. She took in human, equine, canine, feline, you name it,” said Kanter.

    Kanter added that Karen was “probably one of the kindest and most solid citizens I have ever met.”

    Kanter said they were quiet people and a lot of people didn’t know them.

    “I don’t think this will ever be explained. This is something that happens somewhere else, not in Madison County,” said Kanter.

    The nephew Riddick has been charged with three counts of capital murder, which carries the death penalty as a possible sentence. He was arrested at an Econo Lodge motel in Newport News following a one-day manhunt. Authorities say they do not know what prompted the killings.

    He remains in custody at Orange Regional Jail in Orange and is scheduled to appear in Madison General District Court at 9 a.m. Friday for a bond hearing.

    Lindy Sanford hopes the spotlight the triple murders have thrown on the area will soon fade. “The media intrusion has just been awful,” she said Tuesday. She said her husband spotted someone with a Charlottesville TV station’s news crew peering in their windows. (The Sanfords’ home is in a different section of the farm from the murder scene.) “The sheriff had to chase them off,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Lindy Sanford continues to grieve over the loss of her longtime friends. “This has left a huge hole in our hearts,” she said.

    http://www2.madison-news.com/lifesty...ter-ar-847458/

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    Motions Hearing Held in Riddick Triple Homicide Case

    The man accused of killing three members of his own family was in Madison County General District Court on Friday for a motions hearing.

    Riddick is accused of shooting and killing his uncle James "Clark" Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen and her daughter Chante Davis in their Madison County home in February.

    Friday, Riddick's court appointed attorney presented a series of motions he says are designed to fully complete their investigation. This all happened while family members of those killed watched in the courtroom.

    Judge Roger L. Morton granted the defense's request to have any "inconsistent witness statements" handed over from the prosecution. The defense argues those statements could show proof that Riddick was not at the scene of the crime when it happened.

    Judge Morton denied a request to have the commonwealth hand over cell phone records, saying the defense would have to file a subpoena to get them.

    Defense attorney David Baugh said, "The purpose of these motions is so that we can conduct a full investigation to determine what happened in this crime. The Constitution guarantees that man the right - to us - to look at everything, and so we're going to assert all of those rights."

    The judge will also allow DNA evidence from the crime scene to be admitted into evidence. The defense argued the scene was tainted because several people, including reporters, were allowed onto the property before investigators even found all the shell casings.

    Commonwealth's Attorney George Webb argues all signs point to Riddick. In court he said cell phone records show Riddick was at the scene of the crime when it happened.

    Riddick's next court appearance is set for Nov. 3 in Madison County. At that time Judge Morton will hear evidence from the prosecution and will decide whether the case should move forward to trial.

    Riddick could face the death penalty if convicted.

    http://www.nbc29.com/story/15298982/...-homicide-case

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    Riddick tries to fire legal team

    Accused of murdering three people in Madison County and facing the death penalty, Rashad Riddick said in court March 7 that he’d like to drop his defense team and represent himself.

    Madison County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Bouton deferred a decision on the request at a pre-trial hearing. “The court is going to take the motion under advisement,” Bouton said.

    Riddick, 24, of Newport News, told the court he was concerned about a speedy trial.

    “I’m ready to go to trial,” the defendant said. “Rashad Riddick’s ready to go to trial. I want to exercise my constitutional right to represent myself.”

    Bouton reminded Riddick of the benefits of having a legal team defend him such as the ability of professionals who know the law to investigate the case and having a spokesperson and advocate.

    “The most important thing is to have competent council,” Bouton said.

    A Madison County grand jury Monday formerly indicted Riddick in the Feb. 11, 2011 shooting deaths of his uncle, aunt and her adult daughter. He is charged with three counts of capital murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a sawed-off shotgun in commission of a felony and grand larceny in the murders of James Clark Jackson, 55, Karen Lee Jackson, 53, and Chante Latrice Davis, 26.

    The murder occured in the Jackson's home on a farm off of U.S. 15 in a rural southeastern Madison County near Woodberry Forest School.

    Riddick is scheduled to again be in court 9: 30 a.m. April 4 for more pre-trial hearings.

    http://www2.madison-news.com/news/20...am-ar-1750770/

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    Rashad Riddick, Va. man accused of triple murder, reportedly assaults attorney

    A Virginia man who is accused of a 2011 triple murder, reportedly attacked his attorney in court on Wednesday during a hearing to determine his mental competency to stand trial.

    Fifteen minutes into the hearing, Rashad Riddick, 25, allegedly began to punch his attorney, Joseph Flood, in the face. Riddick's attorneys had asked that his hand and feet be unrestrained for the hearing.

    According to the Culpeper Star-Exponent, court security immediately tackled Reddick, toppling over the lawyers' table and breaking two legs on the table.

    Flood reportedly screamed at security not to hurt Reddick.

    The sheriff evacuated the courtroom, while security radioed for EMS to respond. No one else was injured, though the paper reports that Flood's bruises were apparent after a short recess. The extent of the lawyer's injuries were unknown, according to the Star-Exponent.

    According to the Star-Exponent, Reddick is facing capital murder charges, and possible a death penalty sentence for the Feb. 11, 2011 shooting of his uncle, James Jackson, 55, his wife, Karen Lee Jackson, 53, and her daughter Chante Latrice Davis, 26.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1...ults-attorney/
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    Madison judge: Riddick still not competent for trial

    A Newport News man facing capital murder charges in a slaying of three family members in 2011 still is mentally incompetent to stand trial, according to experts, and will remain in a Richmond-area hospital for treatment.

    Rashad Riddick, 25, briefly appeared Friday morning in Madison County Circuit Court for another hearing to determine his ability to stand trial on charges that he fatally shot his uncle James Clark Jackson, 55; James Jackson’s wife, Karen Lee Jackson, 53; and her daughter, Chante Davis, 26, at their home on a horse farm in Madison County on Feb. 11, 2011.

    Riddick has been at Central State Hospital near Petersburg since Judge Daniel Bouton remanded him to the psychiatric facility in May for assessment and treatment. In court Friday, Bouton referred to the latest hospital assessment that stated experts there could not reach the conclusion that Riddick possesses a rational understanding of the proceedings against him or that he could assist his lawyers at trial.

    "Clearly the defendant has not been restored to competency," the judge said.

    Both the commonwealth and defense agreed Riddick had not yet been restored to mental competency.

    Bouton sent Riddick back to Central State following Friday’s hearing.

    A June hearing has been scheduled to decide future treatment options.

    At a hearing in August, Riddick repeatedly punched his defense attorney Joseph Flood in the face after becoming increasingly agitated regarding testimony about his mental status.

    During that hearing, an initial Central State evaluation found Riddick was competent to stand trial.

    Flood, of Fairfax, continues to represent Riddick, and no charges will be filed in the courtroom assault witnessed by the judge and others.

    In December, Bouton made a finding that Riddick was incompetent to stand trial after several medical professionals testified the defendant suffers from a rare paranoid delusional disorder making him think the entire legal system, including the judge, is conspiring against him.

    Riddick has refused to cooperate with various previous attempts to evaluate his mental competency in the case, saying he is ready to stand trial and demanding that he be able to legally represent himself.

    The Central State mental competency report Bouton referenced Friday acknowledged Riddick showed indications that he had "a number of possible conditions," but that doctors could not "reach a definitive conclusion" on whether he could stand trial in the triple slaying. Riddick could receive the death penalty if the case goes to trial and he is convicted.

    Madison Commonwealth’s Attorney George Webb expressed frustration at the lengthy process, saying the family of the victims had a right to resolution and he was worried that witnesses would forget things related to the more than two-year-old murder.

    According to previous testimony, Riddick was staying at his uncle’s farm in Madison County the night of the killings after completing six-year prison term for carjacking and assault and battery on a police officer. The Jacksons apparently had hoped to help their nephew get back on his feet, according to testimony.

    http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/ma...9bb30f31a.html
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    Decision in murder trial of Rashad Riddick pushed back

    A year after his client punched him in the face in open court, attorney Joseph Flood teared up in the same Madison County courtroom as he pleaded for a judge to find the man incompetent to stand trial on capital murder charges Thursday.

    Since June 2012, authorities have twice bounced Rashad Riddick from state-run mental health facilities to Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange.

    Mental health experts called to testify Thursday clashed over the 26-year-old Newport News man's ability to assist his attorneys in his own defense. Judge Daniel Bouton pushed a decision back to Sept. 9.

    Authorities charged Riddick in the Feb. 11, 2011, shooting deaths of his uncle James Jackson, 55; Jackson's wife, Karen Lee Jackson, 53; and her daughter, Chante Latrice Davis, 26.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/2154118-...ck-pushed.html
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    Madison Triple Murder Suspect found Competent to Stand Trial

    More than two years after three people were murdered in Madison County, the man accused of killing them will finally stand trial. Monday morning, a judge determined Rashad Riddick is competent to stand trial.

    Riddick is accused of murdering his uncle, James Clarke Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen, and her daughter Chante Davis in February 2011. Their bodies were found on their farm in southern Madison County.

    Riddick has been receiving treatment at Central State Hospital since 2012 when he refused to cooperate with authorities. He faces 11 charges, including six counts of capital murder and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

    Riddick is now scheduled for arraignment and pre-trial motions in Madison County Circuit Court on October 21.

    http://www.nbc29.com/story/23379154/...to-stand-trial
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    Newport News man to be arraigned for triple murder

    A Newport News man accused of killing three of his family members will be in court Monday.

    Rashad Matthew Riddick will be arraigned in Madison County on three counts of capital murder after being found competent to stand trial following the alleged triple murder back in 2011.

    Authorities say he shot his and and uncle and their 26-year-old daughter in 2011.

    In 2012, a judge ruled Riddick couldn't go on trial because he had a rare, delusional disorder and was ordered to Central State Hospital for treatment. That same year, Riddick attacked his attorney in court.

    In June 2013, a judge reviewed the case and ruled Riddick was capable of assisting his attorneys and competent to stand trial.

    http://www.wvec.com/news/Newport-New...228594471.html
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    Rashad Riddick pleads not guilty in Madison triple murder

    The Newport News man accused of killing three relatives nearly three years ago in their rural farmhouse entered 11 pleas of not guilty Monday morning at arraignment in circuit court.

    Rashad Matthew Riddick, 26, faces the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the February 2011 deaths of his uncle James Clark Jackson, 55, his wife Karen Lee Jackson, 53, and her daughter, Chante Latrice Davis, 26.

    Madison County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Bouton scheduled the estimated four-week trial to begin Sept. 15, 2014 and the next motions hearing for Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

    "The victims' family has rights in this," said Madison County Commonwealth's Attorney George Webb in requesting an earlier trial date not almost a year away. "They've waited a long, long time and we need to get this moving forward in an orderly fashion."

    The prosecutor added later, "The commonwealth would like to go forward as soon as possible. This case is getting long in the tooth."

    Ruled mentally competent to stand trial at a hearing last month following prolonged deliberation on the matter and numerous hearings, Riddick said Monday in court, "I am ready to try this case at anytime." He subsequently objected to the trial date Bouton set saying it violated his speedy trial rights.

    At arraignment, Riddick sat between his court-appointed attorneys Joseph Flood and Stephen Rosenfeld for the first time since physically attacking Flood last August in open court. The defendant continued to assert that he wants to represent himself at trial.

    He entered his pleas Monday without incident, appearing to converse freely with Flood.

    Seven law enforcement officers surrounded Riddick in the tiny courtroom. He was chained at his hands and feet wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, his hair in dreadlocks and pulled up in pigtails.

    Bouton said he would take up Riddick's request to represent himself at the next motions hearing at which time a defense motion to preserve evidence will also be heard.

    At the start of Monday's hearing, Flood originally sought to waive the reading of the indictments against Riddick saying he recently discussed the matter with his client. But after speaking briefly with the defendant in court, Riddick indicated he wanted the multiple charges read aloud including capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and grand larceny auto.

    Bouton questioned Riddick briefly following the formal arraignment, asking the accused to raise his right hand to be sworn in. When the clerk asked Riddick if he swore to tell the truth, the defendant mumbled, "I don't know" before saying, "Yeah, yeah."

    The judge asked the defendant if he wanted a trial by jury or judge and Riddick responded the former. When Bouton further informed Riddick he had a constitutional right to have his case heard just by a judge, the defendant responded, "I don't want that."

    Flood told the court Monday that the defense needed "a solid year" to prepare the case for trial. He mentioned 17 pending motions in the case with five or six involving "very complicated legal issues."

    Following arraignment, Bouton ruled in favor of a defense motion seeking disclosure of the date, location and officers involved in any search of Riddick or search warrants executed in the case. It was revealed in court that search warrants were issued in Culpeper, Fairfax, Madison, Newport News and Orange.

    The commonwealth also indicated it intended to seek the death penalty if Riddick is convicted based on an "aggravating factor" that if the defendant is incarcerated for the rest of his life he would pose a continuing serious threat based on his prior criminal record.

    Bouton also approved additional funds for a defense mitigation expert, investigator and paralegal to which Webb objected.

    "I think excessive funds have been expended already - thousands and thousands of dollars," the prosecutor said. "This case has been investigated to death. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial, but not a perfect trial."

    The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and Ms. Davis were found in their home off of U.S. 15 near Woodberry Forest School on Feb. 12, 2011. All three victims were shot to death with a shotgun.

    Riddick was arrested a day later in Newport News and his uncle's truck recovered.

    According to Flood, a couple of witnesses who previously testified in the case have since died.

    http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexp...9bb30f31a.html
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