Earnest Jackson, a man accused of murder in self-defense, was not granted a pardon in Lincoln on Monday

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Earnest Jackson was not granted a pardon in Lincoln on Monday afternoon, despite the fact that he had support from the family of the victim as well as thousands of members of the community.

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In 1999, Jackson was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Lance Perry. The murder took place in 1999. Shalamar Cooperrider eventually admitted to shooting Jackson, but he was exonerated on the basis that he was acting in self-defense at the time of the incident. In addition, he stated that Jackson was not in the area when Perry was murdered, as he told the investigators.

Now, more than 20 years later, Jackson’s case was brought before the Nebraska Pardons Board to be considered for clemency. Members of Perry’s family have voiced their endorsement of efforts to get Jackson’s early release from jail. The Jackson family wrote a statement to the board stating that Jackson is innocent and that he ought to be released. Over the course of the weekend, 3 News Now also reported that his petition to commute his sentence has received more than 60,000 signatures.

Pete Ricketts, the Governor of Nebraska, Bob Evnen, the Secretary of State, and Doug Peterson, the Attorney General, make up the board.

This is a developing story, and the newscasts that air this evening will feature additional information from reporter Alex Whitney.

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