Orlando teen charged in triple homicide


Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 7:30 a.m.

BRANDON, Fla. — An Orlando teen has been charged with killing two people in a triple homicide that Hillsborough County detectives have been investigating since last week.

Osceola County authorities arrested 18-year-old Earl Jackson on Friday. He remained in jail Monday on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded to a report of gunshots at a Brandon home Dec. 29. When officers arrived, they found the bodies of three men in the backyard. A fourth man was found injured a few blocks away.

Deputies are still searching for additional suspects. Investigators believe the shootings might have been gang-related.

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