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Iowa man kills parents and sister after being told to find a job, tries to blame crime on masked intruder: report

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Jun. 16 2021, Published 4:51 p.m. ET

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A 20-year-old man in Iowa allegedly killed his parents and younger sister in their family home and tried to blame it on a mysterious masked intruder, cops say.

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Police said they found no evidence to back up the man's claims that a masked stranger committed the crime.

Alex Jackson, 20, called 911 on June 15 to report that he and his dad had been shot by a male intruder in their Cedar Rapids home, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KCCI 8.

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Alex’s parents, Jan Jackson, 61, and Melissa Jackson, 68, as well as his sister, Sabrina Jackson, 19, were found dead at the scene due to gunshot wounds.

Police found Alex Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. He was transported to the hospital, according to Cedar Rapids police.

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Officers recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle at the scene, which they believe was used in the murders, according to KCCI 8.

According to the criminal complaint, Alex Jackson told police he woke up to the sound of gunfire and was shot during a struggle with a masked man over a rifle, which he claimed he and his father had left on the fireplace after cleaning it the previous night.

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Investigators stated that they found no sign of forced entry or burglary at the home.

Alex Jackson denied shooting his family but admitted his father had recently told him he needed to find a job or move out of the home, according to the criminal complaint.

He was treated for his wounded foot at the hospital before he was booked on three counts of first-degree murder at the Linn County Jail. He is being held on $3 million bond.


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