Hopewell Township man charged with murdering his father

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Hopewell Township Police Chief James Rosso reported today that a Township man has been arrested and charged with the death of his father.

Joelle Jackson, 54, is charged with murder and weapons offenses. He was taken into custody Tuesday evening at the Hopewell Township Police Department. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Jackson pending trial.

At approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Hopewell Township police responded to an apartment in the 700 block of Denow Road on the report of a man stabbed. The apartment is in the complex known as Birchwood at Hopewell, formerly known as Hopewell Gardens, across the street from the Stop & Shop shopping center.

Inside of the apartment, officers located Ishmeal Jackson, 82, on the kitchen floor suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Hopewell officers secured the apartment and notified the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Investigation revealed that on or about Monday, November 21, Joelle Jackson stabbed his father to death in the apartment they shared on Denow Road.

The Prosecutor’s office reminds the public that, despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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