Defendant Convicted of Fatal Stabbing in Carmichael
DATE: March 4, 2022
CASE: Stephen Jackson (Case #19FE020421)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Bret Wasley, Homicide Unit
Stephen Jackson was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Jaitu Keys. The jury also found true the allegation that Jackson personally used a knife in the commission of the murder.
On November 9, 2019, Jackson and a friend went to a high school football game together. After the game, Jackson asked the friend to come inside his house but she declined. He then hid a device with GPS tracking in the trunk of her car. The friend left and went to meet the victim in Carmichael. The victim joined the friend in her car and sat in the front passenger seat to talk. Jackson approached the car, smashed the front passenger window and stabbed the victim four times, including once in the heart. The friend drove the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Jackson faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for April 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in Department 36 by the Honorable Stephen Acquisto.