On September 11, 1998, Jackson entered an man's apartment and used a metal bar to beat him. Jackson also used a knife to stab the victim to death. Jackson then beat and stabbed to death the victim's male roommate.
He then took the victim's car and was involved in a high-speed chase with the Houston Police Department, but was not captured.
Jackson was later arrested for the crime while he was in prison on an unrelated aggravated robbery charge.
Derrick Leon Jackson- Texas death row
It's hard to explain (especially here in Texas), but to be honest, I personally would have preferred to have been murdered at the time of sentencing. I say this, not because I prefer to be dead (I truly want to live with a passion). I love life, but the appeals process is no more than a torturous traumatizing path to a truly saddenly sick end. I believe in God, and believe me when I say that it will be an "act of God" if I am ever to be a free man, but I do have hope, and I pray. I am a blessed man to have the insight that I do. My reality is a sick curse, for each and every individual it's different (being on death row), but all of us are insane. You have to lose a bit of your sanity to maintain the rest of it, like a flu shot. Every day I accept the fact that it's OK for me to go just a little bit crazy to keep from breaking down and losing it completely. I don't have a wife or children, very much family, or many friends, and it may seem strange to hear, but (for me) that's good, because of the type of person that I am. My existence is a very sick one. Just last night I got a visit from my younger brother. I wrote him a letter a few weeks ago being a bit desperate and demanding.that he come visit. I personally feel he should come every week, but I realize that no one owes me nothing, and that he has a life to live in a crazy world. He told me I should write to my mother, father, step mother, and aunts (most of them have never been to visit me) so that they could feel guilty (I guess he was feeling guilty). I would never try to make a person feel guilty in this way, especially not those I love, even though they seem to have forgotten about me or maybe just don't know how to deal with seeing me here trapped in a miserable existence. My two younger brothers and my mother are all I can consider my family at this point in my life. I'm from a poor family, so there is very little (nearly nothing) that they can do financially, but the moral support, no matter how painful, is my reason for existence. I feel their pain and frustration, and I can see it in their eyes, but they are all I have, and living daily in solitary confinement cells is another madness that a man must deal with that has nothing to do with the death penalty. Here on the Polunsky unit here in Livingston, Texas, extreme deprivation is used to punish, control, and dehumanize a man. Mental games are played by most of the guards (including ranking officers) that a prisoner daily comes in contact with. You no longer have human and /or civil rights. Personally I've felt as if I am a part of a sick experiment. To have a healthy conscious mind is a beautiful gift to all humans, and to use it is a gift to our world. To attempt to take or destroy this gift is criminal. How can I say being a death row prisoner? What if I can tell you that I'm not guilty? The fact is, I'm not!!! Another fact is that I can't prove it, and that's why I am here! Two people I know nothing of or about were brutally beaten and stabbed to death - that was proven at my trial. Politics' corruption, me being poor, naive, ignorant to the unjust system in Texas is why I am sitting here writing these words and not living as I should be, but merely existing. I feel that the justice system and society have let me down. The oppression that is my life, I cannot describe. I won't let it control me, I can't, so at times, I go a little bit crazy, just so I can cope. I'm a very positive person. I love to see people smile, and whenever possible, I will share one. There are definitely times that I will smile to keep from crying. I feel that everyone deals with or has dealt with tragedy at some point and time in their lives (these experiences define us individually). Not too many people can choose the way they leave the face of the earth, and on one lives forever. As I've said, I love to live life and to love, but I'm not afraid to die. I have no sense of panic or distress as I sit on death row now. People die daily. Every day takes a positive focus, and I'm going to try to be the son my parents raised to Love, the brother my brothers have Loved as we've grown, and the man I am proud to be. I'm going to do this with not very much more than "sickness" - sickness that is my reality. I suffer from diabetes and must take two insulin shots daily, but this sickness that is the system is what is taking its toll on me and many others who sit on death row. Texas is the execution capital of the world! I'm not able to give you specifics and statistics (for those who are interested, they are made known by other sources). I am writing this to express as well as inform, and I can inform you that Texas is out of control. Anybody (anyday) that is a speaker of acting on the death penalty should be speaking of and acting on Texas. This is nothing less than mass murder going on here!! I know, more than many, of the corrupt, powerful, political structure. Then add the money, and it definitely makes for a seemingly impossible fight to win (for justice), but I see it (Texas) as a big bully picking on kids. Sure one bully can bully one, two, even three or more kids, but when or if all the kids come, they the bully finds it more reasonable to back off and go away. I basically have no help in my situation, and I often will hear people say or get a letter from someone advising me to organize - put those who are willing to help in contact with each other. I pass that advice on to all reading these words who are truly sincere. There are probably more groups and organizations that are not doing what they should or could do to help us (condemned men) in effective ways. A lot is said that sounds good, and men are being murdered here in Texas so regularly that it's seemingly acceptable. Prisoners who've had no proper defense during trial, legally retarded men, men that have been set up by aggressive state prosecutors (that are elevated in the political structure according to their number of convictions), are being murdered. They are killing men here that have compelling evidence of innocence - not hearing the valid arguments of the accused or convicted. Defense attorneys appointed by the courts (if they are sincere) are disgracefully underpaid and not allowed the advantage of investigators, etc. to fight for justice. It is not even required by the Texas courts for the court appointed attorneys to even defend their clients here in Texas now. These are the things that are causing the deaths of many men here in Texas. It is going to take an organized effort by all those who are dedicated and sincere to end this madness in Texas. I won't and can't say which organizations (or people) are not dedicated and sincere, but if "you are", it shouldn't be long before "you know"!! No one owes me or anybody who is on death row anything, so I, on behalf of every man facing the death penalty, thank you for everything that you do in protest. We here in Texas need focused persistent effective organized measures to be immediately taken, or murder will continue. PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO HELP STOP THE KILLING!!! Please write me at: Derrick Jackson #999263 Polunsky Unit 3872 FM 350 South Livingston, TX 77351
Justice for Jackson is a non-profit International Campaign to raise support for the legal defense of Derrick Leon Jackson, a young man who was wrongly accused and convicted of a double homicide that took place nearly 10 years prior to his indictment/conviction. Derrick Jackson now sits on Texas Death Row and awaits the appeal process and possibly an execution date.
please do so by way of U.S. postal,or International money orders only,
made payable to his mother, Rita Everline, Co Chairperson and treasurer
He will not be allowed to have it.
assistance or advice, or support through way of friendship,
see his pen pal requests and contact information below...
I would very much like to correspond with a pen pal in the hopes of building a truly genuine friendship, that I am very much in need of. I would prefer females 25-45, but men are equally welcomed to respond to this letter. Race/ ethnic or religious background are of no concern to me, only that the person responding is open to regular correspondence and building on a true friendship. Now to tell you a little about myself, I am a very easy going open minded person. I am very God fearing and optimistic, and I am a leader by nature. I am a very honest person and those are the types of people I choose to associate myself with.
I am from a very small family, and I am the oldest of 3 boys. I am a chef/ cook, and a barber stylist by trade, I am college educated, and very business minded.
I am a serious person, but I do have a sense of humor, and i enjoy nothing more
than to see a person smile. I am a people person, but I mostly enjoy interaction
with females on all levels. My interests are basic, although I do enjoy the finer
things in life, the simple things are just as important to me. I like mostly all sports, basketball and football are my favorites. I'm interested in mostly all
kinds of music and music videos. I like good movies, mostly romantic and comedy and I love to read good books and poetry. I enjoy all forms of basic social entertainment. Although I never married and don't have the pleasure
of having any of my own, I love children. In closing, I would like to thank you
very much for taking the time to read this introductory letter. Please be assured
that if you choose to respond, I will be open and totally honest to any inquiry that you may have for me. I hope to hear from you very soon in the hopes of establishing regular correspondence and more importantly, a true friendship.
Mr. Derrick L. Jackson #999263
3872 FM 350 South
|Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm|
Condemned in 1998 for the stabbing deaths of Houston Grand Opera tenors Richard Alan Wrotenbery and Forrest G. Henderson, both 31, during an apparent robbery in their Houston apartment 10 years earlier. Jackson, formerly of Missouri City, was linked to the slayings by DNA evidence and a bloody fingerprint on the apartment door. The discovery of widespread problems at the HPD crime lab led investigators from the Harris County District Attorney's office in 2003 to order a retesting of the evidence in Jackson's case.