Noura Jackson accepts plea deal, immediately up for parole

Friends of Noura Jackson's mother feel justice not served
Published: May. 20, 2015 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Noura Jackson accepted a plea deal in the 2005 stabbing death of her mother.

Jackson was awaiting retrial after the court found constitutional errors in the 2009 trial that found her guilty of second-degree murder in the same case.

But the verdict was overturned last year by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

"Ten years is a long time to fight for justice and to fight for someone to recognize your innocence and to listen to you. Ms. Jackson is pleased to have a resolution that the state proposed to her," said Valerie Corder, Noura Jackson's attorney

The judge must now accept her manslaughter plea for this to all take effect. Jackson would serve 15 years in prison instead of the 21 that came with second-degree murder.

"Maybe not a vindication, but freedom. It is a compromise," Corder added. "Not an optimal outcome, but it is an outcome that all parties were willing to engage in."

However, she has already served 60 percent of that sentence, so she would immediately be up for parole.

"We believe our client has enough credits for having been incarcerated since September 27 of 2005 ... to be released probably very quickly," said Corder.

The prosecution says the original case involved more than 40 witnesses and nearly 400 trial exhibits.

Many of the original trial witnesses were unavailable for the second trial or would not cooperate with the state.

"Other witnesses have not been located and yet other witnesses have indicated to us that they were not cooperative and not willing to come forward and testify again," said Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General Pro-Tem.

However, friends of Noura's mother, Jennifer Jackson, who testified at the initial trial, say they have lost faith in the justice system.

"I'm just very saddened, that's all. Very saddened," said one character witness on the phone. "Want to put all this behind me. I hope I never ever, never ever talk to her and I hope she just goes away from everyone's life that she's hurt."

Jackson took an Alford plea in the death of her mother. That means Jackson accepts a guilty punishment, but does not admit guilt in the case.

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