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Accused child murderer extradited to Leavenworth County

Donald Jackson Jr. arrested Oct. 24 in Oklahoma
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Posted at 6:24 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 19:24:24-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Accused murderer Donald Jackson Jr. is in Leavenworth County custody.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that Jackson, who allegedly killed his two sons Oct. 24 and then fled into Oklahoma with two of his daughters, has been extradited from Oklahoma.

Jackson was charged Oct. 27 with capital murder in the deaths of Logan Jackson, 14, and his younger brother, Austin, 12.

When one of the Jackson children didn’t show up for a soccer game, a family member went to the family residence to check on them.

The two boys were found dead in the home.

Two of the Jackson girls — 7-year-old Nora and 3-year-old Aven — were missing, triggering a multi-state Amber Alert and manhunt for Donald Jackson.

A Beckham County, Oklahoma, sheriff’s deputy stopped Jackson near the Texas border the evening of Oct. 24. The two girls were recovered and Donald Jackson was taken into custody.

Jackson then waived an extradition hearing Oct. 30, clearing the way for his return to Leavenworth County to face the murder charge.

He has not been charged with any crimes in connection with taking the girls out of state.

Jackson filed for divorce from the mother of the children, including a third daughter, last year. A hearing in the divorce proceedings is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Logan and Austin Jackson were laid to rest Monday.

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