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NOPD chief voices frustration over double murder suspect's jail release

Jeremiah Jackson (OPSO photo) Jeremiah Jackson (OPSO photo)
Jasha Banks (OPSO photo) Jasha Banks (OPSO photo)
New Orleans, La. -

New Orleans police announced Friday that two suspects in a double murder in the Seventh Ward are now behind bars.

"This was a terrible tragedy in the 2000 block of North Derbigny on September 9. Booked with two counts of first degree murder is Jeremiah Jackson and booked with two counts of first degree murder is Jasha Banks," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Banks and Jackson are accused of gunning down two men who were doing electrical work on a home in the neighborhood. According to detectives, the suspects opened fire on the victims as they returned to the work site after a lunch break.

Officers arrested Banks Friday at her home on Frenchmen Street, while Jackson has been in custody since last Wednesday.

Chief Serpas said Jackson has a lengthy and violent criminal history.

"We know he was on probation until 2014 for possession of heroin. We know from his history that he had been arrested for carrying a gun during crimes, being involved in gun crimes, for attempting to kill somebody once before," Serpas said.

Describing Jackson as a "possible career criminal," Friday, Serpas voiced frustration over the fact that he was still on the streets at the time of the crime.

"The question is, how does a guy like this get in and out of jail that much? How does a guy like this get arrested that many times for serious crimes?" he said. "Two men were killed ruthlessly, we believe, by someone who had no right to be on the streets of this city. And when this community asks itself about the murder rate, we need to ask about the people committing the murders, and why is it they suffer no consequences for their criminal lifestyle of danger, violence, guns and drugs before they kill innocent people."

Friday, spokesmen from both the Orleans District Attorney's Office and Orleans Criminal District Court could not comment.

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