Following his 2021 arrest and charge for the murder of 20-year-old Khanice Jackson, mechanic Robert Fowler pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the Home Circuit Court.
Jackson was found dead in an open lot with her hands and feet bound along the Dyke Road in the vicinity of the Portmore Fishing Village on March 26, 2021, two days after she was initially reported missing. A then-50-year-old Fowler was taken into custody and charged after he reportedly confessed.
Jackson, who was employed as an accounting clerk in Kingston, lived in Independence City, Portmore. She shared a platonic friendship with the mechanic, who would occasionally bring her to work. During the investigation of the murder, the police theorised that Fowler lured Jackson to his home under the false pretence that he had left one of his tools there. An argument allegedly developed between Jackson and Fowler, and he strangled her with a rope.
Among the items reportedly found at Fowler’s house were bank cards and a handbag believed to belong to Jackson. It was the investigators’ belief that Fowler left Jackson’s body at his house, went to work, and later returned to dispose of it.
Fowler will return to court on April 27 to be sentenced for Jackson’s murder. Following his initial arrest, Jackson’s family expressed that the mechanic should receive no less a sentence than the death penalty.
“We should not allow guilty persons to manipulate the system by using high-profile lawyers to solicit plea bargains on their behalf so as to get reduced sentences,” Jackson’s boyfriend, Kevon Williams, told the Jamaica Gleaner in 2021.
Prior to Jackson’s death, her mother and Williams expressed their dislike of her travel arrangements with Fowler, who had reportedly made romantic advances at her in the past.
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