Murder suspect in court today

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Flowers and John Deere items were placed in memorial to Aaron Jackson Tuesday at the crash site off Stillhouse Hollow Road where he lost his life.

Meanwhile, Michael Troy Dean Jr., 18, of 3260 Pea Ridge Road, sits in Franklin County Regional Jail charged with Jackson's murder and seven counts of wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended license and driving under the influence.

Franklin County District Judge Guy Hart told Dean at what was to be his 11 a.m. video arraignment Monday that he needed to consult with an attorney prior to being arraigned because of the seriousness of the charges against him.

Hart said a public defender would be appointed to represent Dean who should meet with counsel before being arraigned at 1 p.m. today in District Court.

Dean's father, Michael Troy Dean Sr. is also in custody at Franklin County Regional Jail on charges of second-degree assault and criminal mischief. Dean Sr. is also still in custody and a $20,000 full cash bond has been set in his case.

The charges against the father and son are not connected.

Dean Sr. had been arrested Saturday afternoon just hours before his son would crash the Chevrolet Blazer carrying eight passengers into a tree.

The Saturday night crash that killed 14-year-old Jackson occurred just two days after the year anniversary of the death of Michael Dean Jr.'s mother, Edna C. "Lorene" Dean, who died as a result of injuries she suffered in a car crash off Cardwell Lane on March 11, 2003.

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