Girls slept through double murder in home

Stan Jackson and Janella Edwards were found dead in a home in Brookshire back on March 11

March 11, 2010 9:22:11 PM PST
There are only about 4,000 people in the town of Brookshire, so news of the murders of a man and his girlfriend has the community on edge, especially because the murders happened while two young sisters, the mayor's daughters, were sleeping in the next room. Investigators think the two girls slept through the murders. They didn't witness what happened. We're told they are physically OK. Brookshire Mayor Joey Vaughn confirms they are his daughters.

Stan Jackson was found dead at about 7am just inside the doorway of his Brookshire home on Third Street. Police say his nine-year-old god daughter made the discovery.

"The victims were actually the godparents of the two children," said Brookshire Police Chief Joe Prejean.

Janella Edwards was later found dead in a bedroom.

Investigators tell us the nine-year-old and her six-year-old sister were spending the night at the home as they often do. Police say the younger girl woke the older up to take her to the bathroom when they heard a knock at the front door. The nine-year-old found Jackson as she went to see who it was. She didn't know it was her own mother at the door coming to pick the girls up. Investigators say the nine-year-old ran back to the bathroom and called her mother on a house phone. The mother then called police.

"I just don't understand it, but God say don't question him," said Katherine Gage, Jackson's sister. "So we have to leave it in God's hands. But I am devastated."

Jackson's sister and brother say he was a good man, the kind who helped whenever and wherever he could. Edwards they described as angelic. This murder has left them stunned, as well as dozens of their extended family and friends in this small community. They want to know who is responsible.

Stan's brother Richard Jackson said, "He gonna be missed. That's why I know they not gonna get away with it."

Police say there were no eyewitnesses. They have no suspect description. They do believe the suspect or suspects were someone the victims knew, because there was no sign of forced entry. The two girls are physically OK and now will undergo counseling.

Police also say an undisclosed amount of money is missing from the house and that is now a motive.

Working with information from tipsters, police identified two juveniles they considered persons of interest. The youths were interviewed and released. Information from those interviews led police to interview late Thursday night an acquaintance of the victims in the Houston area.

If you have any information that could help investigators in this case, you're urged to call Brookshire Police at 281-375-5000.


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