COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – A outstanding Columbus prison protection legal professional who was after a prosecutor has been chosen by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the vacant Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s position.

Stacey Jackson, 47, has been tabbed to switch Mark Jones, who is at this time serving a jail sentence immediately after a November public corruption conviction.

Kemp’s office environment verified the choice to Information 3 late Monday night. It is not apparent still when Jackson will presume his new duties. He is presently symbolizing Tommie Mullins Jr., in the 2018 murder of rapper Branden Denson. The scenario is being prosecuted by Acting DA Sheneka Terry, who also sought the everlasting occupation. She notified her team by way of e-mail on Friday she did not get the occupation.

Any situation Jackson is at the moment associated in will have to have to go to an exterior lawyer, a course of action that is typically referred to as conflict council.

Jackson has been in private observe due to the fact 2008. Doing work as a companion at Hagler, Jackson and Walters, Jackson has develop into one of the region’s prime prison protection attorneys.

Prior to that he spent nearly eight decades as a prosecutor in the Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney’s Business office.

Jackson will serve out the remainder of Jones’ term. The business office will be on the ballot in 2024. Jackson said he options to look for election at that time.

Jackson will consider to bring balance to an business office that has been in flux for virtually two several years.

In Could 2020, Jones ran a non-standard campaign centered on social media and defeated three-phrase incumbent Julia Slater. 1 of Jones’ campaign platforms was to tackle the backlog of conditions that experienced amassed in the business.

Jones’ initial shift was to hearth most of the senior prosecutors in the workplace.

But he ran into legal concerns of his pretty much quickly. Jones fell below a GBI investigation in the early months of his tenure. That investigation heated up when a Columbus Law enforcement Section bodycam video clip surfaced showing an apparently intoxicated Jones asking a detective to lie beneath oath so that a manslaughter charge could be upgraded to the extra significant charge of murder.

Jones was eliminated from business in November right after he pleaded guilty to four counts of community corruption as a jury was deliberating his destiny.

Terry, Jones’ top assistant, has been serving as performing district lawyer considering that October when Kemp suspended Jones pursuing a September indictment.

Terry applied to switch Jones and was interviewed by the governor final thirty day period.

On the protection aspect, Jackson has received a quantity of high-profile instances, but perhaps none far more high profile than the 2014 chilly-circumstance acquittal of Jackson’s consumer Kareem Lane. He was acquitted of the 1992 murder of Jim Burns, then the superintendent of Muscogee County faculties.

Jackson is a indigenous of Harris County, who attended university at Albany Point out University and gained his regulation degree at the University of Dayton.

Pete Temesgen has been appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to provide on the Condition Court docket of Muscogee County. Temesgen has previously been an assistant district legal professional in Columbus and a legislation clerk to the Honorable Benjamin Richardson and Honorable John Allen.