Investigation underway in murder of Jackson County Judge Sheila Osgood

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The murder of Jackson County Justice Court Judge Sheila Jackson Osgood has rocked the Moss Point community. The investigation into what happened Wednesday is underway.

There are more questions than answers surrounding the death of beloved Jackson County Justice Court Judge Sheila Jackson Osgood, who was found murdered in her home on Davis Street. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “We’ll get toxicology results, we’ll test those things and find out what was going on prior to this event. I know there were some concerns I’ve heard about him being there. Exactly what I don’t know but it has been reported there were some concerns about this guy being on the property. There had been some conflict between them. Don’t know if that’s true or not but it has been put out there.”

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Sheriff Ezell says the judge’s son, Gregory Jackson Jr., was shot and killed by Moss Point police after he failed to comply with demands to drop his large knife and he charged at officers. Officers shot Jackson Jr. and then went inside the house to find the judge dead from stab wounds. “It’s going to have an impact on the community because any time you’ve got somebody who has been around long enough to get elected, they’re a part of the community just like we all are. It hits home how precious life is.”

Sheriff Ezell says it is not yet clear what led to Wednesday’s events, but that is something law enforcement is working to figure out.

Osgood’s pastor, Larry Hawkins Sr. of Union Baptist Church, says she will be missed greatly. “Sheila was an awesome person, very caring individual who never met a stranger. She had a million-dollar smile that would brighten up any room. She would want us to carry on and trust in the Lord.”

Moss Point Mayor Mario King released a statement encouraging everyone to remember the good times had with Osgood and to keep her loved ones in their prayers.