Just yesterday we reported on the horribly sad case of 16-year-old Madison Harris. Harris was fatally wounded in an attempted home invasion at the hands of five other teens. Today, new details surrounding the case have emerged and they are startling.
"James Waldeck, who is engaged to Madison’s grandmother and lives in the house where the murder took place, said he learned something was wrong when his Ring Doorbell app showed an ambulance at their home.
“Madison was here with her very good friend Paul, and her dad was in the back yard raking leaves,” Waldeck said. “One girl came in, I saw on the Ring Doorbell about a half-hour before. And then, according to my Ring Doorbell, four of them charged in an unlocked door here at the carport. And within a matter of ten seconds, the shooting and screaming, and then them running out the door being chased by Paul, her friend, and then her dad.”
Madison has lived in the house with Waldeck, her grandmother and her father for the past five years, since her parents divorced. Waldeck says that several of the teens accused of killing Madison were considered her friends and had visited their home many, many times. All of that changed just a little while ago when Waldeck says there was another robbery in the neighborhood.
“We think they were involved in a burglary at the house two weeks ago,” Waldeck said. “Of course, the police were called and we were pressing charges against that first crime, and we’re afraid this may have been retaliation against us reporting their crime.”
The family took precautions after the robbery to insure that their home would be protected. “We screwed the window shut so they couldn’t get in there,” Waldeck said. “We put deadbolts on the doors so that they had to be locked with a key to get in or out, but the carport door was unlocked and that’s where they made their way in.”
Although police believe that the teens wanted to rob Madison, Waldeck believes that their plan was much more sinister. He believes that it was their clear intent to kill Madison. “Premeditation. Definitely. 'Cause the video doorbell lasts 15 seconds or 30 seconds for them to come in, shoot. You hear screaming, then everybody running out the door,” Waldeck said.
The teenagers are identified as follows: Yakeshia L. Blackmon, 17; Willow O. Blackmon, 15; Jasmine Joy-Sade Kelley, 15; Jarvis Jermaine Cook, 17; and Jaquez Devonte Porter, 17. A $1 million bond was set for all of the suspects except Jarvis Cook, who was already out on bond for an aggravated assault he is accused of committing last year in Gulfport. Cook is being held without bond.
We will keep you updated as more details in this case become available.