Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Guilty in Woman's 2004 Stabbing Death; Kim Jackson, 43, Could Face Death Penalty; DNA Linked Him to Scene

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Guilty in Woman's 2004 Stabbing Death; Kim Jackson, 43, Could Face Death Penalty; DNA Linked Him to Scene

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Byline: Larry Hannan

A Jacksonville jury found a Georgia prison inmate guilty late Wednesday of brutally stabbing a woman to death in 2004.

Now convicted, Kim Jackson, 43, could face the death penalty for murdering Debra Joyce Pearce, 49.

Jackson, who was not arrested until 2008, slashed Pearce's throat and stabbed her in the chest with such force that the 8-inch blade ended up nicking a bone in her back, prosecutors said.

But defense attorneys argued that the prosecution only proved that Jackson was in the house at some point, not that he killed her.

They also argued that Pearce, who sold drugs out of her house, had a lot of people who wanted her dead.

The case was broken after DNA evidence from the scene was matched to Jackson, who was incarcerated at Washington State Prison in Davidsboro, Ga., on a robbery charge at the time of his arrest.

When Jackson was first interviewed about the murder in 2004, he denied knowing Pearce and said he'd never been in her house. …

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