Prosecutors: Jerome Jackson beat, stabbed mother to death at West Ridge home

Jerome Jackson / Photo from Chicago Police

Jerome Jackson / Photo from Chicago Police

Homicide Watch Chicago

A North Side man beat his 53-year-old mother and slit her throat because he thought she was stealing money from him, prosecutors said.

When police found Jerren Jackson‘s lifeless body in the family’s West Ridge home, she had been stabbed multiple times and had a piece of a dinner plate embedded in her cheek. She had a “severe slice wound from ear to ear on her throat,” multiple cuts on her head and face, a stab wound to the chest and defensive wounds on her hands, prosecutors said.

Her son, 24-year-old Jerome Jackson, was charged with first-degree murder for the May 5 attack in the 6200 block of North Bell Avenue, authorities said.

About 4 p.m. that day, neighbors saw Jerome Jackson’s sister run from the home and called 911, said Assistant State’s Attorney Enrique Abraham.

Responding officers saw Jerome Jackson exit the apartment building wearing nothing but boxers shorts and socks, prosecutors said.

Jerome Jackson, who was covered in blood, walked to a nearby convenience store and took a beer without paying, Abraham said.

The officers stopped Jerome Jackson, who had two cuts on his hands, and he told officers he got the cuts when he stabbed his mother, prosecutors said.

Emergency personnel found blood outside their apartment door and Jerren Jackson’s bloody body on the living room floor, Abraham said. She was declared dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which ruled her death a homicide.

Police recovered a dinner plate and two knives, one of which had a bent blade, prosecutors said.

While in custody, Jerome Jackson gave a recorded statement admitting to beating and stabbing his mother because he thought she was stealing his money.

Jerome Jackson was admitted to an area hospital and charged with first-degree murder May 6, authorities said.

A public defender said Jerome Jackson has “severe mental health issues.”

On Monday, Judge Donald Panarese ordered Jerome Jackson held on $1.5 million bond and issued a next court date of May 26.

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