A third suspect has been indicted in connection with the June shooting deaths of five people in White Swan.
Morris Bruce Jackson was indicted in U.S. District Court on Wednesday on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary K. Dimke ordered Jackson held in jail.
Jackson spoke only to answer Dimke’s questions as to whether he understood the charge against him and his basic rights.
Prosecutors allege that Morris Jackson was at the scene of the June 8 killings
killingsin the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road, and left with James Dean Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud. Jackson parted ways with the Clouds when the car they were in broke down, prosecutors said, and a witness told authorities that Jackson threw a .22-caliber Ruger 10/22 rifle into an irrigation canal.
Prosecutors said the Clouds went to a nearby home and held a child at gunpoint while demanding keys to one of the family’s vehicles.
Jackson has a prior felony conviction and is prohibited from handling firearms.
The Clouds have been indicted on federal carjacking and firearm- brandishing charges. They were arraigned Thursday in federal court in Richland.
Prosecutors have linked the Clouds to the killings of Dennis Overacker, 61, Michelle Starnes, 51, Thomas Hernandez, 36, Catherine Eneas, 49, and John Cagle, 59.
A fourth suspect, Natasha Mae Jackson, was also arrested with Jackson but no charges have been filed against her.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with additional information about the arraignment of James Dean Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud.