Jackson Man Going to Prison for Depraved Heart Murder
JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Jackson man has been sentenced for depraved heart murder of a 15-year-old student a Jackson high school.
Dennis Pickett, 21, appeared before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan Wednesday and pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder. Judge Gowan sentenced Pickett to 20 years to serve in prison, which he must serve day-for-day.
Destinee Ford, a 15-year-old freshman student, was killed outside a Jackson high school on the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2013, after classes had been dismissed for the day. An investigation revealed that Ford was shot during a fight between students. Pickett and two other defendants were charged with her murder.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family, and we cannot understate our appreciation to the Jackson Police Department for their persistence and hard work and for making this arrest,” Attorney General Hood said. “We thank Judge Gowan for the solid sentence bringing this defendant to justice for this senseless murder.”
The case was a joint investigation by Attorney General Investigators Perry Tate and Miller Faulk and the Jackson Police Department. Prosecution was handled by Special Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Beasley and Alison O’Neal McMinn.