SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany and Washington Parish District Attorney's office says a Slidell man pleaded guilty to a 2010 fatal double shooting as he was scheduled to go to trial on Monday.
Rhamad Jackson, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and one count of burglary. The shooting took place on December 9, 2010 in the Huntwyck subdivision west of Slidell. According to the district attorney's office, one of the victims, Adrian Thicklin, believed Jackson stole video gaming equipment from his home.
Jackson told investigators he was walking to a friend's house on the night of the shooting when he heard someone call out to him. Jackson said he saw Thicklin pull out a handgun while in the driver's seat of a car. Jackson shot Thicklin eight times. Police found the second victim's body, Olajuwon Johnson, a short distance away from the car in a front yard. He also had been shot several times. Investigators recovered a gun from the vehicle and also found Jackson's video gaming equipment.
Jackson later turned himself in, surrendered his weapon and stated that he shot Thicklin and Johnson in self-defense. A judge sentenced Jackson to 20 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. The sentences are to be served concurrently.