Deputies, community teaming up to solve man's murder

Hester Jackson (WRDW-TV)

Hester Jackson (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- After a couple weeks without any answers in the murder of a Hephzibah man, the family and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office are turning to the community for help.

Earlier this month, 56-year-old Hester Jackson was killed after he walked in on his house being burglarized.

"I just hope they be able to catch them because I don't want to live in fear all of my life," said scared and grieving widow Brenda Jackson. "My husband was brutally murdered on Dec. 8, 2012, and we're here to try to find who those killers are and bring them to justice."

Family, friends and deputies decided to walk around the neighborhood and ask the community for help.

They have walked street after street, house after house, praying that somebody knows something.

"Being angry is not going to solve anything," explained sister-in-law Gail Jackson.

So, instead of being angry, they're determined to be proactive.

"Going out and knocking on doors, talking to neighbors and hope that someone may have heard something, seen something or know something," Jackson said.

Deputies even scattered throughout the neighborhood to pass out fliers to incoming cars.

"We've been successful in doing so in the past, and we're hoping that's going to be the case today," said Lt. Calvin Chew.

They say it's already paying off. About an hour into their efforts, the phones started ringing.

Now the family hopes one of those phone calls might hold an answer.

"I wish I knew who it was so I could report them, so they could go to jail. That would be the best Christmas present that I could ask for," Jackson said.

"If it's my family this time, it could be yours the next time. So please, please, if you know something, come forth," Jackson pleaded.

After reaching out to nearly 600 homes along Willis Foreman Road, now all they can do is wait.

In this case, there's even a reward -- up to $10,000 for any information that could lead to an arrest.

If you know anything, call deputies at (706) 821-1020.

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