Biloxi mother wonders if son's murder and unsolved murder connected

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi mother says she's wondering if there is a connection between a recent unsolved murder and her son's murder last year. Allie Jackson's 26-year-old son, Brent, was found shot to death in Moss Point in April 2008. Just days before the murder trial was set to start, a prosecution witness was shot to death.

The Jackson County District Attorney's office confirms that Xavier Seals, who was found gunned down in his Biloxi apartment last week, had been tapped as a witness for the prosecution.

In a 2008 interview with WLOX, Seals said he and Brent Jackson had been roommates, and he was shocked by his friend's violent death.

"He's not the type of person who has enemies," Seals said in 2008. "He's the type of person you would never expect to be shot and killed in any situation."

More than a year later, Seals too became a murder victim. He was found shot in the head just days before Jackson County District Attorney says he was scheduled to testify against Christopher Coleman. Coleman is one of the men charged in connection with the robbery and murder of Brent Jackson. The case never went to trial. Coleman pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Monday.

Now Biloxi police are left to wonder if there is any connection between the two murders.

Capt. Darrin Petersen said, "I can't say that I'm aware of any witness that we've had that was killed to keep them from testifying. Certainly witnesses receive pressure from outside to not participate. Again, we realize that is a high potential to be involved in this case. We're certainly keeping it in mind and follow the leads that way."

Biloxi police are still looking to bring whoever is responsible for Xavier Seals' murder to justice. The same justice that in 2008, Seals told WLOX he wanted for his friend Brent Jackson.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Seals' testimony was to be that he owned the car that Brent Jackson had been driving at the time Jackson was robbed and murdered.

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