Charges upgraded for suspect in murder of missing Hammond man

Charges upgraded for suspect in murder of missing Hammond man
Pere Jackson was reported missing just days before his body was found in Tangipahoa Parish. (Source: TPSO)

NATALBANY, La. (WAFB) - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish have upgraded charges for a man already in jail in connection with the disappearance and subsequent murder of a Hammond man.

Deputies charged Julius Gales, 24, of Hammond, who was already in jail on prior charges, with first-degree murder on Dec. 18 for fatally shooting Pere Jackson, 27, of Hammond, in November.

Jackson was reported missing on Nov. 15. Authorities discovered his body on Nov. 18 near the edge of a wooded area on Dead End Street in Natalbany.

Gales and Gerrell Perry, 18, of Independence, were arrested and charged with accessory to first-degree murder and obstruction of justice on Nov. 21.

Gerrell Perry and Julius Gales were arrested for accessory to murder and obstruction of justice after Pere Jackson was found dead days after being reported missing.
Gerrell Perry and Julius Gales were arrested for accessory to murder and obstruction of justice after Pere Jackson was found dead days after being reported missing. (Source: TPSO)
Pere Jackson was reported missing just days before his body was found in Tangipahoa Parish.
Pere Jackson was reported missing just days before his body was found in Tangipahoa Parish. (Source: TPSO)

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6150 or Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.

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