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Beauregard Town murder suspect attends discovery hearing

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Aramis Jackson is led from the courthouse to a van waiting to escort him back to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Aramis Jackson is led from the courthouse to a van waiting to escort him back to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The man accused of murdering a mother in her own home and shooting her daughter several times appeared in court for a discovery hearing Wednesday morning.

Aramis Jackson appeared before a judge in a Baton Rouge courtroom, as the prosecutor in the case, Darwin Miller, turned over more than 50 reports related to the case from police, crime lab and coroner's office.

The district attorney said the discovery information will help convict Jackson.

"He was questioned by the detectives at length and he did speak with them," said Hillar Moore. "There were many other witnesses that the detectives contacted and gave statements interviews. So, there's a lot of words that are being said, a lot of confusion that we plan on using the statements that were given."

Jackson's attorney also offered comments following the hearing.

"I'll know more once I get into the discovery there," said public defense attorney Nelvil Hollingsworth. "They certainly have built their case up. I actually went to the crime scene from outside the tape. I knew they had the mobile crime scene there, so I look for extensive discovery. In addition, we have more discovery in July when we come back."

Jackson will be back in District Court Judge Tony Marabella's courtroom in July.

Alexandra Engler was shot and killed in her Beauregard Town home back in September. Her 9-year-old daughter, Ariana, was also shot and left for dead. However, she survived the attack after numerous surgeries.

Jackson was indicted by a grand jury in December on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges in connection with the brutal home invasion.

The district attorney's office plans to seek the maximum sentence if Jackson is convicted.

"This is the case the death penalty is made for," Moore said in December. "To me, knowing what I know, death is the only appropriate sentence in this case."

Reports indicated a second man may have been involved in the home break-in but Jackson is the only suspect authorities have identified and arrested.


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