Jamel Bannister | Homicide Watch Bostonhttp://boston.homicidewatch.org/suspects/jamel-bannister/Latest news about Jamel Bannisteren-usFri, 29 May 2015 15:02:02 -0400Life sentences for two men in 2013 murder at Dudley stationhttp://boston.homicidewatch.org/2015/05/29/life-sentences-for-two-men-in-2013-murder-at-dudley-station/<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Two men were found guilty of second-degree murder charges in the February 2013 shooting death of 26-year-old <a href="http://boston.homicidewatch.org/victims/courtney-w-jackson/">Courtney Jackson</a> at the Dudley MBTA station, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.</span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/boston/files/2015/05/Courtney_Jackson.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2484" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/boston/files/2015/05/Courtney_Jackson-225x300.jpg" alt="Courtney Jackson was expecting a daughter when he was gunned down while trying to board an MBTA bus" width="225" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Courtney Jackson was an expectant father when he was gunned down while trying to board an MBTA bus</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://boston.homicidewatch.org/suspects/jamel-bannister/">Jamel Bannister</a>, 24,  and <a href="http://boston.homicidewatch.org/suspects/brian-cooper/">Brian Cooper</a>, 27, were both sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for killing Jackson, according to the DA's office. Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while Bannister was convicted by a jury.</span></p> <p class="p1">Bannister and Cooper faced first-degree murder charges in Jackson’s death but were found guilty of second-degree murder instead. A first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts results in a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">According to the DA’s office, Cooper and Bannister engaged in a verbal altercation with Jackson. As Jackson turned to board a bus, Cooper shot him twice. </span><span id="more-2479"></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Camera footage showed Bannister pulling out an object from his side at the same time. While fleeing from police who were stationed nearby and heard the shots, Bannister threw a .45 semiautomatic firearm over a fence, the DA’s statement said.</span></p> <p class="p1">A 2013 Boston Globe article following the murder <a href="http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/03/01/two-arrested-shooting-dudley-square-stop/YpL2xr6jLKKj8JO80eFNjO/story.html">detailed the incident</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="p1">In court, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Fredette told Judge David Poole that Cooper and Bannister were at Dudley Station, a major public transit hub in Roxbury, around 9:50 p.m. Thursday.</p> <p class="content-text__text">MBTA surveillance cameras in the station and on an MBTA bus captured the crime as it happened, Fredette said. He said the two men are shown having some interaction with Jackson. Then, Cooper can be seen pulling out a firearm and shooting Jackson, while Bannister stands nearby, armed with his own handgun.</p> <p class="content-text__text">“It is about as callous, cowardly and brazen an incident as I’ve seen in my time doing this job,” said Fredette. “This defendant pointed a gun not only at the victim in this case, but at a crowd of people who were just waiting to get on the bus at 9:45 on a Thursday night.”</p> </blockquote> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">During Bannister's sentencing in April, Jackson’s mother and girlfriend delivered victim impact statements. Cooper was sentenced in May.</span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/boston/files/2015/05/Jamel-Bannister-and-Brian-Cooper-by-Boston-police-copy.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2485" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/boston/files/2015/05/Jamel-Bannister-and-Brian-Cooper-by-Boston-police-copy-300x191.jpg" alt="Jamel Bannister and Brian Cooper were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole." width="300" height="191" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jamel Bannister and Brian Cooper were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“It was the worst thing in my life I’ve been through,” Jackson’s mother said, according to a DA press release.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>“Nothing in this world prepares you for losing your child.” </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Boston Globe further <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/04/22/dorchester-man-sentenced-life-dudley-square-station-murder/SGsG3pYrFbNkthhv08AZsK/story.html">detailed the impact of Jackson's murder</a> during Bannister's sentencing.</span></p> <blockquote><p>Jackson’s girlfriend, Dominika Taylor, said she spoke to Courtney Jackson by phone while he was waiting for the bus at Dudley Square Station. Taylor, who was at home with her daughter, Zalesha, told Jackson the Route 28 bus would arrive in three minutes.</p> <p>“Three short minutes,” Taylor, 28, said. “I just want to show how short an amount of time something can be taken away. [The bus] was coming in three minutes.”</p> <p>After ending the call, Taylor said she looked at her Twitter feed and learned there had been a shooting at the Roxbury bus depot.</p> <p>“I call him immediately and he doesn’t answer,” Taylor said. “I just knew it was him.”</p></blockquote> <p class="p1">For more background, including older press releases from the district attorney's office, read this <a href="http://boston.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/02/shooting-at-dudley-station-not-a-random-act-authorities-say/">April 2014 Homicide Watch Boston post</a>.</p> <p class="p1">The Suffolk DA's press release following Bannister's sentencing follows:</p> <blockquote> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">BOSTON, April 23, 2015—The Dorchester man convicted yesterday of his role in the 2013 murder of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson was sentenced today to life in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">JAMEL BANNISTER (D.O.B. 10/7/90) was sentenced today following his conviction yesterday of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison but allows judicial discretion to set parole eligibility beginning after a term of anywhere from 15 to 25 years.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Assistant District Attorney David Fredette recommended that Bannister serve a term of life in prison with parole eligibility after 20 years and a consecutive term of four to five years on the firearm charge.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Judge Richard Welch sentenced Bannister to life with the possibility of parole after 15 years and a term of four to five years to be served concurrently.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Bannister’s co-defendant, BRIAN COOPER (D.O.B. 1/19/88) of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this month and will face sentencing May 5.  Both had been indicted for first-degree murder.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">"There's a saying that the truth always comes out, but the truth of this case would have been much harder to reveal without the tremendous assistance of the MBTA public safety cameras that captured Mr. Jackson's killers.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It would have been much harder to prove without the police investigators who gathered that footage according to the rules of evidence. And it would have been impossible without the prosecutors who built the case piece by piece, witness by witness, fairly and ethically to withstand the scrutiny of the jury and our appellate courts."</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">At trial, Fredette presented evidence and testimony to prove that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013, Bannister accompanied Cooper to the Dudley MBTA station, where they became involved in a verbal altercation with Jackson.  Footage from MBTA public safety cameras at the station showed Cooper pulling out a firearm and shooting Jackson twice as the victim, who had recently gotten off of one bus, turned to board another.  </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">The footage also depicts Bannister pulling something from his pocket at that same time that Cooper produced a firearm; additional video footage shows him holding something to his side as he fled.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Two Boston Police officers working a detail nearby heard the gunshots and rushed to the area to see the two men running from the scene.  Cooper surrendered to officers and was found to be in possession of a firearm.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Bannister continued to flee from officers and was taken into custody in the area of Madison Park Court.  A .45 semiautomatic firearm was found tossed over a fence along his path of flight.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Before the sentence was imposed, Welch heard impact statements delivered by Jackson’s mother and girlfriend, who was pregnant with Jackson’s daughter at the time he was killed.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">“It was the worst thing in my life I’ve been through,” Jackson’s mother said.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>“Nothing in this world prepares you for losing your child.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Timothy Munzert was the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate.  Bannister was represented by John Tardif.</span></p> </blockquote> Megan McKeeFri, 29 May 2015 15:02:02 -0400http://boston.homicidewatch.org/2015/05/29/life-sentences-for-two-men-in-2013-murder-at-dudley-station/Courtney W. JacksonJamel BannisterBrian CooperShooting at Dudley Station Not a Random Act, Authorities Sayhttp://boston.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/02/shooting-at-dudley-station-not-a-random-act-authorities-say/<p>The two men accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at Dudley Station last February are due in court March 20.</p> <p>MBTA surveillance cameras captured the images of Jamel Bannister, 23, and Brian Cooper, 25, interacting with Jackson, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office. <a href="http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/03/01/two-arrested-shooting-dudley-square-stop/YpL2xr6jLKKj8JO80eFNjO/story.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.boston.com']);">The Boston Globe reports</a> Cooper can be seen on the tape pulling out a firearm and shooting Jackson. Bannister can be seen keeping watch armed with his own handgun. </p> <p>Officers who were working nearby quickly apprehended the two fleeing the scene, according to the Boston Police Department site. Jackson was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. </p> <p>“This was a brazen attack at a busy transportation hub,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a press release. “Motive remains under investigation, but we struggle to comprehend what could inspire an incident like this, which killed one man and put so many others at risk.”</p> <p>Cooper and Bannister both face murder and firearms charges. Police are also charging both as armed career criminals due to their history of convictions, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office. If both are convicted as armed career criminals, they would be sentenced to prison for a longer time. </p> <p>Court documents allege that Bannister was dealing cocaine that day.</p> <p>Released by the Suffolk County district attorney’s office on March 1, 2013:</p> <blockquote><p>Two Held in “Brazen” Fatal Shooting<br /> BOSTON, March 1, 2013—Two men were ordered held without bail today following their arraignments for the shooting death of 26-year-old Courtney Jackson at the Dudley MBTA station last night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.</p> <p>JAMEL BANNISTER (D.O.B. 10/7/90) of Dorchester and BRIAN COOPER (D.O.B. 1/19/88) of Mattapan are both charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the incident at about 9:50 last night.</p> <p>Both men are additionally charged as armed career criminals in light of prior convictions, Bannister for drug and assault charges in 2009 and 2011 and Cooper for armed assault with intent to murder in 2007. Bannister is further charged with possession of a Class B substance.</p> <p>In addition to withholding bail, Roxbury District Court Judge David Poole ordered both defendants to return to court on April 1.</p> <p>“This was a brazen attack at a busy transportation hub,” Conley said. “Motive remains under investigation, but we struggle to comprehend what could inspire an incident like this, which killed one man put so many others at risk.”</p> <p>Conley commended the rapid action of two Boston Police officers who were working a detail near the scene and apprehended the defendants moments after the shooting. He thanked MBTA Transit Police for their assistance as well, both at the scene and in developing “significant” video evidence from surveillance cameras at the station.</p> <p>Bannister is represented by attorney James Greenberg and Cooper is represented by attorney John Tardiff.</p></blockquote> <p>Released by the Boston Police Department on March 1, 2013:</p> <blockquote><p>About 9:50 pm on Thursday, February 28th, 2013, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area 14 Zeigler Street (Dudley Square).<br /> On arrival, officers observed an unidentified black male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center and was later pronounced deceased.<br /> Minutes after the shooting, Officers Wilfredo Coriano and Domenic Columbo, while performing a privately paid detail in the area, observed two suspects running from the scene. Officers gave chase and with the assistance of Officers Brian Holmes and Kevin Plunkett and the Transit Police, the suspects were apprehended.<br /> Officers also recovered two firearms. Cooper and Bannister have been arraigned in Roxbury District Court.<br /> The department would like to recognize Officers Wilfredo Coriano, Domenic Columbo, Brian Holmes and Kevin Plunkett for their outstanding work regarding this incident.</p> <p>Jamel Bannister, 22, of Dorchester is charged with Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Armed Career Criminal and Possession (Class B)</p> <p>Brian Cooper, 25, of Mattapan, is charged with Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Armed Career Criminal.</p> <p>Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives at (617) 343-4470.<br /> Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.</p></blockquote> <p>Copies of the indictments have been added below.</p> <script src='http://s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js'></script> <script> DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1237426-jamel-bannister-indictment.js', { width: 600, height: 500, sidebar: false, text: true, pdf: true, container: '#DV-viewer-1237426-jamel-bannister-indictment' }); </script> <script src='http://s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js'></script> <script> DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1237419-brian-cooper-indictment.js', { width: 600, height: 500, sidebar: false, text: true, pdf: true, container: '#DV-viewer-1237419-brian-cooper-indictment' }); </script> Young KimWed, 02 Apr 2014 19:05:59 -0400http://boston.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/02/shooting-at-dudley-station-not-a-random-act-authorities-say/Courtney W. JacksonJamel BannisterBrian Cooper