Charges that could imprison him for decades await a Peoria man whose murder conviction nearly six years ago was overturned on appeal.
Daniel Jackson, 27, managed to post a $10,000 cash bond after he was charged in Peoria County last January with robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint and shooting a half-dozen bullets into the cab as his victim sped away.
He found another $5,000 to cover the bond set last May when he was jailed in Tazewell County for allegedly punching his pregnant girlfriend and causing her to fall out of his moving car.
Last week, Jackson told a bonding court judge, “That is bull****. Suck my ****,” when the judge set a $250,000 bond on the charge he choked the same girlfriend, now the mother of their infant, after he was told to prepare the baby’s milk bottle, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Jackson was back before Tazewell County Judge Steven Kouri on Tuesday, when he was charged with kicking one of the Tazewell jail guards leading him to a security cell after his outburst to Kouri five days earlier. Kouri set a $10,000 bond in that case.
As he choked his girlfriend in his rage over the milk bottle chore on Dec. 20, Jackson told her, “I’ll kill you,” and, “You better remember I’m a murderer, don’t play with me!” the affidavit in that case stated.
Jackson faces up to 45 years in prison if he’s convicted of armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the Peoria County case. His trial is set for Jan. 22.
He’ll appear Jan. 11 on charges in his three Tazewell cases of aggravated battery to a pregnant person, aggravated domestic battery/strangling and aggravated battery to a corrections officer.
Jackson was in the second year of his 65-year prison term for first-degree murder when, in December 2014, a Third District Appellate Court panel ruled 2-1 that police had insufficient cause to arrest him for the 2009 shooting murder of Clifford Harvey Jr. in Peoria. A witness who identified him as the shooter was a drug addict who initially said he couldn’t name the killer.
That negated the use of Jackson’s confession to the crime as evidence, the panel ruled. Prosecutors eventually chose not to try him again.
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