13-year-old indictment lands man court date

By The Associated Press

VICKSBURG — Franklin O. Jackson will stand trial in August for allegedly passing bad checks, 10 years after he failed to show up in court for arraignment on the charges.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney has set trial of Aug. 26 for the 56-year-old Jackson. Jackson had been indicted by a Warren County grand jury in October 2000 for passing three bad checks at Harrah’s Casino. Jackson remains in jail.

Vicksburg Police Capt. Bobby Stewart tells the Vicksburg Post that Jackson was arrested in June on a drug charge. It was then a warrant from the district attorney’s office on the back check was discovered.

Though the arrest warrant is more than a decade old, the case is not.

Assistant District Attorney Angela Carpenter said because Jackson was indicted within two years of passing the checks there is no statute of limitations.

The arrest warrant issued Oct. 25, 2000, records show.

Stewart said the warrant information was not entered in the National Crime Information Center database so authorities didn’t know about it.

Jackson has been arrested nearly 10 times by Vicksburg police, according to court records.

Jackson is accused of passing three checks for a total of $440 at what was then Harrah’s Casino during April and May 1999, according to court records. The property owned by Harrah’s eventually was purchased by Grand Station Casino, which closed 2012.

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