Police Tape

~ Two remaining suspects in September Waverly drive-by shooting captured and arrested in pre-dawn raids ~

By Terry Harris

Less than a month after the drive-by shooting in Waverly on September 7, all three suspects are now behind bars following the capture and arrest by the U.S. Marshalls Service of James Jackson in Prince George County and Craig Moton in Surry County during the early morning hours of October 2. The third suspect, Keith Jackson, was arrested on September 18 in Chesterfield on unrelated charges.

The arrests are part of a complex case attributed to a longstanding dispute between two local families.  Keith Jackson is charged with attempted 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by felon. His brother, James Jackson, is being held on similar charges; attempted first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. Craig Moton is being held on charges of attempted second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. All three are being held without bond in Sussex County Jail.

Following the arrests, Sussex County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Vincent Robertson commended the quick action of Officer Godard and Chief Davis of the Waverly Police Department, relating that the two worked in close coordination with the U.S. Marshalls toward the capture of the suspects in the pursuit of justice in the case.

“There have been a lot of twists and turns in this case, but we’ve persevered, and so far we have solved all of the outstanding firearms related crimes that have occurred in the county in recent months,” Robertson said.

“These quick results are due in great part to the high level of trust and confidence that the Sussex public has in our law enforcement and our continuing commitment to improve community relations by achieving quick and fair justice,” he added. “We have worked tirelessly to close this case. Now the shooters and their accomplices are behind bars, and these suspects will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  I want to reemphasize that firearm violence will not be tolerated in Sussex County.”