Today, April 21, 2015, the second of two men who took part in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at the Dudley MBTA station has been found guilty of murder.
JAMEL BANNISTER, 24 of Dorchester was found guilty of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. Bannister's co-defendant, BRIAN COOPER, 27 of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this month. According to press release from the Suffolk DA’s office, evidence and testimony was presented to prove that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013, Bannister accompanied Cooper to the Dudley MBTA station, where they became involved in a verbal altercation with Jackson. Footage from MBTA public safety cameras at the station showed Cooper pulling out a firearm and shooting Jackson twice as the victim, who had recently gotten off of one bus, turned to board another. The footage also depicts Bannister pulling something from his pocket at that same time that Cooper produced a firearm; additional video footage shows him holding something to his side as he fled.
Two Boston Police officers working a detail nearby heard the gunshots and rushed to the area to see the two men running from the scene. Cooper surrendered to officers and was found to be in possession of a firearm. Bannister continued to flee from officers and was taken into custody in the area of Madison Park Court. A .45 semiautomatic firearm was found tossed over a fence along his path of flight.
Special thanks to the fast responding Boston Police officers who apprehended the fleeing suspects and to the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office for their hard work, dedication and devotion that led to the successful prosecution of the suspects in this case.