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Family members of shooting victim meet with Sheriff’s Office about investigation

Written by admin on June 17th, 2010

Ronnie Jefferson, father of shooting victim Kenrodrick Jefferson, continues to be "very disappointed" with the way the Marion County Sheriff's Office has handled the investigation into his son's death.

By Josh Mitchell/Informer Publisher

Family members of a man who was shot to death outside his Lampton residence March 29 met with Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall on Thursday to discuss the status of the investigation.

There still have been no arrests in the shooting death of Kenrodrick Jefferson, 29, even though the sheriff said it is known who killed Jefferson. Hall told the Marion County Informer on Tuesday that Damos Daniels shot and killed Jefferson.

On Tuesday Hall said the circumstances that brought on the shooting remain unclear. Hall said it is unknown what happened to escalate the situation to the point that Daniels shot Jefferson. The sheriff said he hopes a witness comes forward to shed light on why Daniels killed Jefferson. “Somebody had to see something,” Hall said.

Hall said he does not think Daniels went to Jefferson’s house with the intent of killing him. Hall noted that Daniels had his two children, wife and mother-in-law with him when he went to Jefferson’s house. Hall questions why Daniels would bring his family with him if he knew he was going to kill Jefferson.

The Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on more witnesses to come forward to help solve the case, Hall said.

Kenrodrick Jefferson, 29, was shot and killed by Damos Daniels on March 29, according to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall.

Ronnie Jefferson, who is Kenrodrick’s dad, and Kenrodrick’s wife, Kaleena Jefferson, said they met with Hall and Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Scott McKinney Thursday about the investigation. After the meeting, Kaleena and Ronnie Jefferson told the Marion County Informer that they are both very disappointed with the way the Sheriff’s Office has handled the investigation.

Sheriff Hall could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

Ronnie Jefferson said Sheriff Hall told him Thursday that Daniels turned himself in after the shooting. According to Ronnie Jefferson, Hall said there was not enough evidence to hold Daniels in custody for the shooting. Ronnie Jefferson wonders how there could not be enough evidence to hold Daniels when he turned himself in.

Kaleena and Ronnie Jefferson said they hoped that Thursday’s meeting with the Sheriff’s Office would make them feel better, but it did not. Kaleena said she thinks Daniels was working as a drug informant for the Sheriff’s Office and therefore has not been arrested.

Hall said on Tuesday that the Sheriff’s Office does not know the whereabouts of Daniels. Kaleena said she was at the residence when the shooting happened and heard the gunshot and ran outside and saw Daniels with a gun in his hand getting in a vehicle.

Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall

Ronnie Jefferson said he arranged the meeting with the Sheriff’s Office because he has not heard anything from law enforcement for three months regarding the case. “I’m very disappointed with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office,” said Ronnie Jefferson.

Hall said Tuesday that the case remains under investigation and will eventually be sent to a grand jury to decide if it should be prosecuted. Kaleena said the sheriff told her that some witnesses are scared to come forward in fear of retaliation.

Family members have complained that the Sheriff’s Office just doesn’t care about Kenrodrick Jefferson, but Hall said that is untrue. Hall noted that one of his investigators performed CPR on Kenrodrick at the scene of the shooting. “We cared about him,” Hall said. “He was a human being.”

Two days after the shooting, Daniels’ trailer in Blue Springs burned down, but the Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed that the house fire was retaliation over the killing of Jefferson. The day after the shooting, a car belonging to Daniels’ mother was set on fire, which the Columbia Police Department said was a retaliatory attack over the shooting.

After the shooting, law enforcement officials issued a search warrant and discovered 40-50 pounds of marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

46 Comments so far ↓

  1. columbiamiss says:

    all the sherrif’s office cares about is the 40 to 50 pounds of marijuanna they found… thats sad

  2. columbiamiss says:

    i will be glad when we have another election for sherriff. i hope berkley dont get it again

    • Citizen1961 says:

      To columbiamiss:

      So you would like to see the arrests for drugs, etc. go back to the pitiful level of arrests as the former administration had?

      • columbiamiss says:

        i’m not worried about the drugs they found there. the man is dead. instead of serving a search warrant at the house they should’ve been trying to arrest the man that shot him

        • Citizen1961 says:

          By your statement of:

          i’m not worried about the drugs they found there.

          That tells everyone reading this post how much of an irresponsible person you are.

          • columbiamiss says:

            i’m just saying they shouldve been worried about catching the killer instead of looking for drugs

  3. cc says:

    Isn’t there some way the family of this man can take the investigation out of the sheriff’s hands and out of Marion County’s hands. A higher office of investigation…because if the Daniels guy is an informant then they aren’t going to do anything.

    • tired says:

      The family could contact the Attorney General and if worse comes to worse the family could alwas sue the Daniels guy for wrongful death which will never make it better but atleast they know he is guilty. I feel horrible for this family. The situation they are in is like none other. I mean common sense tells you if someone turns themself in for something their is guilt in it. Second think regardless if he planned to kill Jefferson or not he did he brought a gun to Mr. Jefferson’s house. I mean i dont usually just have a gun with me when i go places especially with his family in his car. Nothing the sheriffs department is saying makes sense i think someone else needs to be called in to take over the investigation. Whether or not i believe the thing about it being a set up/ sherrif office thing i dont really believe that but i dont have all the facts. I think i need to be on that grand jury cause ill indite him.

      • CLEVER SCREEN NAME says:

        You mean indict, right?

      • grasshopper says:

        Common sense does not tell you that there is guilt if someone voluntarily turns themselves in. It does mean that the sheriff’s dept was looking for a specific individual and in some cases the individual turns themself in to clear up the matter or add more information

  4. domino says:

    Whether it be a big crime or a small one, it is hard to get any action from police or sheriff’s dept. They always claim to be swamped with so many cases that they just can’t get around to yours.You would think this was Dallas or Chicago. All you seem to get is the run-a-round.

  5. whos yo mama says:

    INFORMANT, OH COME ON GET A LIFE,THAT IS SO UNREAL.
    LET THE LAW DO IT RIGHT THATS WHAT YOU WANT ISNT IT
    YOU NEED ALL THE FACTS AND THAT TAKES TIME SOMETIMES A LOT OF TIME
    I KNOW MY FAMILY HAS BEEN THERE
    BUT IT GOT DONE

    • RelativeNewcomer says:

      The article implies Sheriff Hall is seeking the MOTIVE to the killing, not just the method, not just the perpetrator. The Grand Jury will want to know the motive.

      Hall does make a point. While the man did bring a gun with him, people who bring their entire family with them don’t usually kill in front of them, do they? It sounds like a drug deal gone very wrong. He could have bought a little dope or made arrangements to buy dope, even with his family present, and they would have been unaware of what he was doing. At some point, something went terribly wrong. He went and got the gun (or had it on him), maybe showed it off to threaten or scare Jefferson and, ultimately, shot him.

      • grasshopper says:

        To RelativeNewcomer: Can you tell me where in the ARTICLE does it say that he brought a gun with him? In your comments you say “While the man did bring a gun with him” and “He went and got the gun (or had it on him)”

        • RelativeNewcomer says:

          Pardon me and thank you for bringing this to my attention and for not being mean in the way you did so. I appreciate it.

          I inferred Daniels brought the gun with him from the sheriff’s statements about seeking the reason Daniels shot Jefferson and Kaleena Jefferson’s statement she heard a shot and ran out to see a gun in Daniel’s hand. I meant no harm, I was thinking through logical steps, that’s all. If he didn’t bring a gun with him or carry one in his vehicle, did he wrestle a gun away from Jefferson, was he handed the gun by someone else, how did he come to have a gun? I guess that information is what the witnesses are keeping to themselves.

  6. HELP*ME*IM*CING*COLORS says:

    What about if Jefferson pulled a gun and shot first? Wouldn’t that be self defense? I’m not a genius but I do know that that’s a law! Was you there when it happened? Why does everyone run their mouths when they dnt know what happened? That’s what is wrong with this world, everyone runs their dang mouth when you should keep it quiet!!!

  7. 2cents says:

    I am not defending the Sheriff’s Office or Berkley Hall. However, I am sure, as it has stated in the past, that there were witnesses to this MAN’S murder. Why have the witnesses NOT come forward to provide information to the Sheriff’s Office so that there would be enough to charge the person responsible?
    I can completely understand the family’s anger AND they are in my prayers for having to suffer their loss. BUT, if the Sheriff’s Office does not have enough evidence for a conviction and proceeds anyway, a jury may return with a “not guilty” verdict. With a verdict of not guilty, the family may never witness justice on earth.
    I believe the people in the neighborhood did see more of what happened. They should not be cowards AND should come forward to provide this MAN and his FAMILY justice! If the tables were turned and it had been their family member murdered, they would want someone to come forward with any and all information necessary for justice!
    I believe in Karma though and for all that do not want to “get involved,” you may find yourselves in the Jefferson family’s horrible position one day and you may encounter other people that do not want to “get involved!”

  8. me says:

    omg…what a crock of crap

  9. New Voice of Reason says:

    Exactly where was the marijuana found? That’s a bit vague but it fits in with the rest of the case!

    I realize people confess to crimes they don’t commit for any number of reasons but the preponderance of evidence in this case doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for that eventuality. What’s going on??

    This will probably be one of many cases where the truth is never known because someone made a mistake and others are helping to cover it up.

    That’s the only explanation that fits with the facts in evidence so far.

  10. james j says:

    You call this a cover up, if they arrest Daniels a lot more will come out and thats why the sheriffs department says they cannot find him. Why did they let him go in the first place.

    • grasshopper says:

      I believe in the article, the man’s dad said he was told by Sheriff Hall there was not enough evidence to hold Daniels. Do not pick and choose what you want to complain about. Use some common sense and read the whole article as it all ties in together.

  11. OK says:

    I have always heard that if you want to get away with murder, then kill someone in Marion County. There are several unsolved murders that go back for years and years.

    With that said, it isn’t always like we see on CSI. Murders just aren’t solved and brought to trial in an hour.

  12. Citizen1961 says:

    If the MCSO knows the name of the perpetrator and he is not in the county, all they can do is put out bulletins on the ncis as wanted. If someone comes forward with a tip of his whereabouts, they can alert law enforcement there and extradite him if caught.

  13. L says:

    this really sickens me. The man admitted to killing Kenrodrick and he is still a free man. What more evidence do you need, boys?

    • RelativeNewcomer says:

      Where does this article state Daniels admitted to killing Mr. Jefferson? I only read he turned himself in – that doesn’t mean the same thing as an admission.

  14. here we go again says:

    I can bet you that if Mr. jefferson was a up standing citizen and im not a saying he wasn’t and if the weed wasn’t found there this would be a solved case but then again they are the 2 gentlemen that were killed in the the kokomo area yrs a go thats not solved either . I bet if Mr. Barnes was still there or Mr. Tim singley they would be Sheriff Dept pfft.

  15. family man says:

    Well it appears to me that Josh will have a lot of good articles this coming election. Since we have so many people that aren’t pleased with our local government then we should have loads of candidates. Our local law enforcement should be just like CSI and Law & Order and have them prosecuted in an hour. Is anyone catching the drift. This isn’t TV and everything takes time. Of course there is always more to the story and local government can’t tell us everything. That could be because good outstanding citizens aren’t the only ones that read the news. Just think, with the economy the way it is of course crime goes up, however man power doesn’t. We can’t blame our local officials for that either since our tax basis is only so much, so I believe they are “swamped”. “Covering something up”, I don’t believe that. “More to the story”, sure there always is. And as for the marijuana being found and law enforcement mentioning it, all of you would have been griping about that if they wouldn’t have mentioned it either. Quit complaining and let them do there jobs.

    • 2cents says:

      Is it just me or does anyone else suffer from some form of reflux every single time others post “let them do their jobs?” It is kind of like a dead horse that has been pulverized by now due to it being thrown out there every single time a new issue comes up!

      • domino says:

        Yep. Me too. So much so that I have to pop a little purple pill after reading some comments. There is a difference between doing your job and doing it correctly. After all, I could try to operate on someone’s thyroid, and just because I was wearing scrubs, some would say to stand back and let me do my job. I, however, would surely botch that job.

  16. refresh my memory says:

    What exactly happened with the double murder in kokomo? And who got murdered

  17. JUST THINKING. says:

    YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT CAN TELL YOU HOW TO DO SOMETHING AND WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF THEY WERE SHERIFF OR IN THE DEPT. REALLY,WHY DONT YOU RUN FOR SHERIFF IN THE NEXT ELECTION? BERKLEY IS ONE OF THE BEST SHERIFFS WE HAVE HAD IN OFFICE IN SEVERAL YEARS. IF I REMEMBER RIGHT,THERE WERE SOME UN SOLVED MURDERS WITH THE PAST SHERIFFS. EVERY BODY KEEPS SAYING THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHERE THIS YOUNG MAN GOT SHOT YET NO ONE HAS COME FORWARD AND SAID THEY SAW WHAT HAPPENED. IT IS SAD THIS YOUNG MAN WAS KILLED BUT WHY WONT SOMEBODY STAND UP AND TELL WHAT HAPPENED INSTEAD OF SAYING THE SHERIFFS DEPT IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB. AS FAR AS THE DOPE,WHY WOULD HE HAVE 40 TO 50 LBS IN HIS HOUSE ANYWAY. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE NEED TO STAND UP AND TELL WHAT THEY SAW AND MABY THIS CASE ALONG WITH OTHERS WOULD GET SOLVED. THANKS JOSH

  18. Ms.Jefferson says:

    My cousin was murdered at his home and im highly disappointed that there wasnt any road blocks or anything set.We all miss him,but my aunt and uncle and the rest of the family just wants someone to be responsible to come forward and give more information…God Bless

  19. Wickedchef says:

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET A FREAKING LIFE..IF YOU DONT THINK THE SHERIFFS DEPT IS DOING THEIR JOB..THEN RUN FOR SHERIFF..THERE IS NO SENSE IN COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING IF YOUR NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT..EVERYONE WANTS TO PUT THE BLAME ON THE SHERIFFS DEPT..IF EVERYONE THINKS JOSH MITCHELL DOES SUCH A GOOD JOB THEN TELL HIM TO RUN FOR SHERIFF!!!!!!!

    • columbiamiss says:

      i wont run for sheriff, but i will do as much as i can to change it when its time to vote again

  20. Citizen1961 says:

    A couple of years from now,when all of the facts are in concerning this issue, most people “concerned” with this issue are just going to deny what is told to them by law enforcement officials as the truth, no matter what they are told.

  21. tired says:

    So if i dont agree with the President should i run for that i am not saying i qualify for the position of Sheriff however i have the right to believe that the cureent administration is not doing their job in this case.

  22. neo says:

    i love you my angel sooooooooooo much for ever and ever

  23. saddened says:

    this is really sad, to first of all listen to the sherriff make the statement as to what he thinks was on daniels mind at the time when he went to kenrodricks house! just wondering should that statement have been made. Secondly to put more emphasis on the drugs than the value of this man life. no matter what he was a child of GOD, thirdly that everyone wants this to just breeze pass THIS is a prime example of why people need to get out and vote AND b peculiar of who ur voting for i hope that this opens a lot of young people eyes. I am truly praying for this family just know that there has always been dirty deeds in columbia GOD sits high but he sees low, COLUMBIA police department and Sherriff office will all have to answer for there part. but if you really want some answers u gotta think bigger than berkley hall call jesse jackson and his coalition and i promise you this thing will get to moving. questions will surely be answered. thanks to josh u sure do an excellent job mabe your name does need to go on the ballot.

    • for what its worth says:

      I don’t imagine jessie jackson wants to show his face in Columbia again. For all the ‘good’ he did last time. lol He’s a joke!

      • grasshopper says:

        Ain’t no telling how much money that stunt cost someone around here. without a doubt, it was not for free out of the kindness of his heart

    • Justice says:

      Two things: 1) Not going to solve anything by bringing in a political thug; with plenty of his own moral, ethical, and legal problems; who uses race as an issue/weapon whether relevant or not and a prime example of why are youth are so lost. 2) Sometimes “No comment, investigation ongoing” is the only right answer until the investigation is complete. Suck it up, you can’t make everybody happy.

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