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Birmingham Mother Allegedly Tortured & Murdered by Eight People She Thought Were Friends

Mahogany Jackson. Family Photo

Multiple people were charged for the murder, torture, sexual assault, and kidnapping of 20-year-old Mahogany Jackson in Birmingham, Alabama. 

According to multiple news outlets, Mahogany was lured by her murderers, who she thought were friends, to a location. After things went awry, the young woman sent a text message to her mother, telling her she was kidnapped. 

Birmingham authorities were reportedly dispatched around 2 a.m. on February 26th to 17th Street Southwest and Laurel Avenue regarding a dead body, which was later identified as Mahogany. According to WBRC, this week, five out of the eight suspects were in court for their initial appearance under Aniah’s Law. Teja Lewis, 25, Si’nya McCall, 23, Blair Green, 25, Giovonnie Clapp, 23, Airana Robinson, 23 were in Judge Kechia Davis’ courtroom for the bond hearing for the murder and kidnapping of Mahogany Jackson. Birmingham Police Homicide Detective Mark Green was the state’s only witness who described what he saw in five videos recorded by suspects.

Mahogany & her daughter

WBRC also reported the victim was forced to perform sexual acts with a gun to the back of her head, which was also recorded and later posted to social media. Detective Green says on the video, the suspects can be heard telling Jackson that she’s going to die. Francis “Ace” Harris, 25, who is the suspected gunman, Jeremiah “Kodak” McDowell, 18, and Brandon Pope, 24, are charged with capital murder during a first-degree kidnapping and capital murder during first-degree sodomy. They are being held without bond.

Investigators say Jackson could be seen naked and handcuffed while she was beaten, slapped, spat on, and pistol-whipped. They recovered two weapons, but they are still collecting evidence to determine which one was used as the murder weapon. Green says they also have all of the suspects’ cell phones and are working to go through those for evidence to determine a timeline.

Police say they know Jackson contacted her family the morning of February 25th, shortly after 8 a.m., saying, “I’ve been kidnapped. Send help. Don’t call.” The following morning, Jackson’s body was found with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Detectives say she was found at an illegal dumping site at Cedar Avenue and 17th Street Southwest; one attorney described it as a “dead man road,” per WBRC. 

The motive for her murder has not been revealed at this time. The young mother leaves behind one daughter.

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