The two young men accused of killing a 2-year-old girl are no strangers to Little Rock police, and both have been accused of violent crimes before, court records show.
Larry James Jackson Jr. already had two felony convictions before he turned 17 in February. Records show he’s been under court supervision at least since he was 13, and he has at least two felony cases pending, with possibly a third in Texas.
Deshaun Malik Rushing, 21, was warned against taking up a life of crime when he was 17 by a Pulaski County circuit judge who told him “you aren’t a smart criminal. This is not the life for you.”
He has since been convicted of cocaine possession and is awaiting trial on charges that include aggravated assault on police officers.
Jackson and Rushing were arrested last week in the killing of Ramiya Reed just before Thanksgiving, after police obtained capital-murder warrants for them Tuesday.
The pair are jailed without bail and their arrest affidavits are sealed, so no further details of the case have been disclosed. Prosecutors now have two months to decide whether to pursue formal charges against them. As in all criminal cases, suspects are presumed innocent until proved guilty in court.
Rushing’s and Jackson’s arrests come six months after Ramiya was shot dead in the car she, her mother and other relatives were riding in on South Harrison Street.
Police said the toddler was an innocent victim in an escalating feud between gang families, and detectives had complained they were having a hard time getting witnesses to cooperate even with a $50,000 reward available for the capture and conviction of the girl’s killer.
Rushing surrendered to police Wednesday. On Friday, he was charged with an additional felony of furnishing prohibited articles after jailers reported finding marijuana