A 20-year old Davenport man accused of murder made his first appearance Friday, December 20 in front of a judge in the slaying of a Rock Island tattoo artist.
Aaron Henderson is charged with first degree murder, accused of shooting Derek Jackson in the head and arm.
A court document says Henderson was “acting with another while attempting a robbery.”
Another charge of armed robbery states Henderson “rifled through his (Jackson’s) pockets” after the shooting.
Rock Island police declined to comment on the wording of the charge referencing a second suspect, saying the department is still “involved in an active/open investigation”.
Henderson told the judge he didn’t have any money for an attorney, so a public defender will be assigned to the case.
He is being held on one million dollars bond.
After the hearing, a friend of Jackson’s told WQAD that his friend had been robbed in the past, and was a target because he was running a successful tattoo business.
He also said he believes the second suspect in the killing is a juvenile.
Funeral arrangements for Jackson are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary.