The 11th defendant in the racketeering case targeting a dozen men named as the leadership of the Ardmore Hoover Crips gang bypassed another chance for a jury trial last week.
Kendrick Jackson appeared for docket call Jan. 20 waiving his opportunity to go to trial when the jury term opens next week in Carter County District Court. Jackson’s case has been continued to the April docket. It is the second time Jackson has opted not to go forward with his trial. He declined a chance to be on the November jury docket last year after being bound over for trial in a preliminary hearing.
The 34-year-old Ardmore man had just been released from a state prison when he was arrested on a warrant charging him among the dozen defendants. Since his release from prison he has been detained in the Carter County Detention Center on a $300,000 bond. The bond also carries the stipulation that if he is able to post bail he must be outfitted with an ankle monitor before being released from the CCDC.
Jackson and Camontrez McCarroll are the only two of the original 12 whose cases remain undecided. The same day Jackson agreed to forego a February trial date Ricky McGee, Jr. entered a no contest plea in his case, exchanging his cell at the CCDC for similar quarters and a 15-year stint at a state prison. Shu’vari Johnson, Lawrence Douglas, Juan Murph, also known as Juan Kemp, Rico Murph, Norman Dimitri Washington, Daryl Williams, Michael Williams, Henry Alexander, and Justus Swan have also all entered pleas in their cases.
McCarroll was the only one of the 12 who managed to evade arrest for months after arrest warrants were issued in the investigation led by ATF and Ardmore police. He was captured at a local residence in November. Like Jackson, McCarroll is detained at the CCDC pending the posting of a $300,000 bond and a February preliminary conference.