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QUESTION: In 1987, Kevin Duncan, a paraplegic, was murdered. Gregory R. Jackson, a transient who the victim had taken in, was accused. Jackson denied it but later claimed he had acted under the overwhelming influence of a femme fatale gang leader. His trial was delayed many times. Where is he now?
Submitted by: Tim, Folsom
ANSWER: Gregory Robert Jackson pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the December 1987 death of 30-year-old Kevin Thomas Duncan.
Jackson, who was 20 at the time of the killing, was sentenced in June 1991 to life in prison without possibility of parole, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said records show that Jackson died at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville in September 2007.
According to a story in The Bee, Duncan was quadriplegic. His body was found in a meadow near a little-used dirt path parallel to American River Aggregates Road off Prairie City Road in Folsom. Police said he had a crushed skull.
Duncan's wheelchair was found on a pathway near the body. Police said evidence at the scene linked Jackson, a landscaper, to the slaying. He was arrested a few days later, after he was seen entering his brother's Citrus Heights apartment.
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