James King

James King

In a letter to The Duncan Banner, alleged murderer James Jackson King claimed he “never meant” to kill Cecil Jackson.

King, 53, wrote that Jackson, 64, was his roommate and, when Jackson found out King was moving out, Jackson hit King with a metal cane. He wrote “what happen[ed] was tragic” and “I never meant to kill him.”

King wrote the letter in response to District Attorney Jason Hicks’ comments in a recent Banner article. Hicks declined to comment on the letter, as the case is still pending in Stephens County.

Ron Williams, King’s court-appointed attorney, said he wasn’t aware of the letter and he wouldn’t make King available for an interview. A Stephens County jail official confirmed the letter was written by King and sent from jail.

King was arrested in April after police responded to a missing person’s report and found Jackson’s body in a home on West Elder Avenue in Duncan. King reportedly confessed to killing Jackson after he was arrested.

He was initially charged with murder in the second degree. Charges were later upgraded to first degree murder with deliberate intent after autopsy results from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner determined Jackson died from positional asphyxia after being put in a trash can. Earlier this month, King plead not guilty to Jackson’s murder.

The Banner will not print King’s letter in its entirety due to potentially libelous claims in the letter which Banner staff were unable to verify.

The next step in King’s case will be a hearing for motion on King’s bond amount, slated for 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Stephens County Courthouse.

Andy.Morphew@DuncanBanner.com

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