A Baltimore man was found guilty of shooting his father multiple times after an altercation inside their home and then hiding his body in the basement.
Ruben Jackson Jr., 28, admitted to police that he shot Ruben Jackson Sr., 60, last April, but said he acted only after his father started choking him. He said he grabbed a handgun that his mother kept in the house on the 5800 block of Halwyn Avenue and opened fire.
A jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence last week, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24.
Police said the elder Jackson had been rolled into a blanket and hidden in the basement for a day before Patricia Martin found his bloody body when she went downstairs to do laundry. A day earlier she had come home to find the house in a shambles and asked her son, Jackson Jr., to help clean up the place.
By then Jackson Jr. had already hastily started to wash away traces of the crime, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
“Crime scene technicians investigated the scene and located remnants of blood on in the dining room, the floor and the walls of the kitchen,” prosecutors said in the press release. “They also found cleaning supplies covered in blood in a trash can behind the house and on the back porch.”
Two days earlier Baltimore police had been called to the Belvedere home to investigative a family disturbance call. Martin, the victim’s wife, called police to have her son removed from the house. By the time they arrived Jackson, Jr. was leaving the house and no charges were filed.
“It is truly heartbreaking that Ms. Martin has to endure the loss of her husband at the hands of her son,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “There are no winners in a case like this.”