Prosecutors say Duluth homicide was ‘cold and calculated’

DULUTH -- Prosecutors said there was "no evidence of a dispute" and the man they allege shot and killed Scott Pennington this weekend in downtown Duluth was "cold and calculated" in his actions.
Jamal Jackson

DULUTH - Prosecutors said there was “no evidence of a dispute” and the man they allege shot and killed Scott Pennington this weekend in downtown Duluth was “cold and calculated” in his actions.

Jamal Tyshawn Jackson was formally charged with second-degree murder on Thursday, Aug 6.

Jackson will remain in jail on $750,000 bail.

His public defender said the 25-year-old Duluth native has a limited criminal history, was employed prior to his arrest and should have been granted a lower bail.

“He did turn himself in,” Gerald Wallace said, adding Jackson is “a man who chose to stand up and face these accusations.”

Prosecutors say Jackson shot Scott Pennington in the face as he stood on the sidewalk amid a crowd of people just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Police identified Jackson as the suspect after numerous witness interviews, according to court documents.

Charges say Jackson boasted to witnesses about “being strapped” earlier in the night.

Jackson did not give a statement to police, and the alleged shooter’s motives remain unclear. He turned himself in at the Hennepin County Jail on Sunday; his next court date is Sept. 24.

If convicted, Jackson faces up to 40 years in prison.