Arrest made in Miami Gardens double homicide

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Gardens police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with the execution-style killing of a 70-year old woman and her 20-year old grandson earlier this month, and it appears he may have had a connection to the victims.

Reginald Louis Jackson, a 28-year old from Opa-locka with a lengthy criminal history, was charged with the July 16 slayings of Annette Anderson and Tyrone Walker Jr. He is being held at Miami-Dade jail without bail.

Police are still searching for a possible accomplice who was videotaped using Anderson’s debit card hours after police say she and her grandson were last seen inside her home at 3451 NW 207th St.

Police say Jackson, who was arrested in Opa-locka Saturday for violating probation, listed the house across the street from Anderson’s home as his residence and told his probation officer he lived there with his mom. Records show Anderson owned both homes and police say Anderson rented the other one out.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jackson made two phone calls to Anderson’s home on July 13, shortly before she was killed.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry into Anderson’s home and neighbors say Anderson and her grandson weren’t the type to open the front door to strangers.

Jackson is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. His criminal history includes armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, battery, burglary, grand theft, grand theft auto, carrying a concealed weapon and larceny, police said. He was released from prison on Dec. 21.

During the investigation, police eventually tracked Jackson to his girlfriend’s apartment in Opa-locka and found a 2001 two-door silver Acura that matched the video surveillance of a car leaving Anderson’s home. Jackson’s finger prints were also found at the scene, police said.

Anderson, a retired minister and “mother” to many in the Miami Gardens neighborhood, would often help open her home and heart to the needy.

Her family and neighbors were happy with Wednesday’s arrest.

Polly Clark, a neighbor, said the arrest has brought “closure to the community.”

Anderson was a longtime member of the Jesus People Ministries Church where she was ordained as a minister and was said to never miss a service. She hosted weekly bible study sessions at her home with people she had met over the years, mainly older women.

Tyrone Walker said his son, nicknamed TJ, had been in South Florida only three months, moving from Jacksonville to attend ITT Tech.

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