Two suspects in case of tattoo artist killed during robbery

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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.


  • jessica

    I don’t know this man but I know that this man’s baby now has to go without his father.this is very sad for this family.some need to think before they do prayers go out tothat family and his baby.god bless you In this time of need.

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