Girlfriend facing murder charges after man dies from what was said to be self-inflicted gunshot wound

Thomas surrendered herself to investigators Friday evening.

Girlfriend facing murder charges after man dies from what was said to be self-inflicted gunshot wound
Police are now looking for 28-year-old Jakia Thomas for the murder of her boyfriend; Source: JPD

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson police are investigating the death of man that resulted from a December 2018 shooting incident in the 100 block of Rosslyn Avenue.

Officers originally responded to a residence for an accidental shooting. They found a 32-year-old man, who has been identified as Demarcus Harris, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition.

Based on what investigators observed at the scene and information provided by the victim’s girlfriend, police originally believed that the victim’s injury was self-inflicted.

Further investigation revealed that it may not have been, as investigators found inconsistencies with her original statement versus what was known.

The victim’s girlfriend, who has been identified as 28-year-old Jakia Thomas, was later arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault.

Thomas had her initial appearance, where she was given a $3,500 bond. She is currently out of jail.

Investigators recently learned that the victim died as a result of his injury, and Thomas’ charge has now been upgraded to murder.

Thomas surrendered herself to investigators Friday evening.

She will remain in custody as she awaits her initial court appearance.

This is the fourth homicide of 2019.

This investigation is ongoing.

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