DA: Young Woman’s Murder was an Act of “Control”

BOSTON, April 8, 2013—A Mattapan man was ordered held without bail on charges that he executed 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore last year because she did not share his romantic feelings, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said today.

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (D.O.B. 10/8/86) was arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on single counts of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition in Gilmore’s Feb. 19, 2012, shooting death.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren, Judge Rosalind Miller ordered him held without bail.

“The evidence developed thus far suggests a crime of domination and control,” Conley said. “This was not a random crime. It was calculated, we believe, by a man who would not let Keosha be with anyone else.”

Conley urged victims of any crime, including domestic violence, to call 911 in an emergency. SafeLink, a statewide DV hotline, can be reached at 877-785-2020. SafeLink is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as TTY at 877-521-2601. It also has the capacity to provide multilingual translation in more than 140 languages.

According to prosecutors, Gilmore was sitting in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle on Alabama Street speaking with her then-boyfriend around 9:00 p.m. on the night she was killed.  Jackson, a childhood friend of Gilmore who had romantic feelings for her that she did not share, approached the vehicle and shot Gilmore twice, causing mortal injuries.

Jackson allegedly fled through a nearby cemetery, where prosecutors said he hid various items directly connected to Gilmore’s homicide.  Boston Police discovered the items that night. A DNA sample volunteered by Jackson during an interview with BPD homicide detectives in February of this year linked him to some of those items, prosecutors said.

After his Friday arrest, Jackson allegedly made post-Miranda statements admitting that the items found in the cemetery were his, prosecutors said.

Jackson is represented by Kevin MacDonald.  He will return to court on May 8.


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