Indictment: Gang Member Ordered Hit on Baby from Jail
DECATUR, Ga. (CBS NEWS) -- A Georgia gang leader is charged with ordering a retaliation hit from behind bars that killed a baby boy, officials say.
Kenneth Eric Jackson, who the DeKalb County District Attorney says is the highest ranking member of the Sex Money Murder Bloods gang in Georgia, was indicted on murder and gang charges for his alleged role in the May 2014 shooting death of nine-month-old KenDarious Edwards Jr.
Allegedly acting on Jackson's orders, officials say several gang members forced their way into a Decatur home and opened fire on the child, his mother, his grandmother, and a family friend, killing the infant.
The District Attorney's office says Jackson used a contraband mobile phone while incarcerated at Autry State Prison to order the hit in retaliation for the death of another gang member, allegedly killed by the child's uncle.
"This was a ruthless act ordered by a gang leader looking to spread fear and intimidation," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement.
Jackson, also known as "KG the God," and two alleged gunmen -- Marco Watson and Christopher Florence - are charged with malice murder, felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and violation of Georgia's Street Gang and Terrorism Act.
A third alleged gunman, Devin Thomas, pleaded guilty to murder, the District Attorney's Office says.