A man accused of killing two people in 2016 is on trial in Caddo District Court this week.

Jerry Jackson, 52, of Shreveport, faces mandatory life in prison, with no possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence if convicted of the second-degree murder charges in Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr.’s courtroom. The jury consists of eight men and four women.

Opening statements and initial testimony began the trial the afternoon of Tuesday, June 11, 2019, with testimony set to resume Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Jackson, defended by Daniel Farris , is charged with the July 20, 2016 rifle slaying of his stepson Kendrick Brown and Brown’s friend Michael Dillard. Jackson then fled and attempted to dispose of the murder weapon.

Jackson has prior convictions for aggravated battery in 1990 and again two times in 1995, and for attempted possession of cocaine in 2012.

Assistant District Attorneys Treneisha Hill and Jason Waltman are prosecuting the case.