Man convicted of 2 charges, acquitted of another Friday

Kareem T. Jackson (right) prepares to leave the courtroom with Deputy Kevin Scherley of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office after the verdicts were announced Friday afternoon. PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE

A Tiffin man accused of assaulting a woman and taking money from her was found guilty of two charges and acquitted of another during a trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Friday.

Kareem T. Jackson, 45, was found guilty of domestic violence, a third-degree felony, and disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony.

The six-man, six-woman jury returned its verdicts after about an hour and a half of deliberations.

Kelbley revoked Jackson’s bond and is ordering a pre-sentence investigation.

Jackson was charged after an incident on Goodsell Street Sept. 27.

During his opening statement, Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine said Jackson, who has five prior domestic violence convictions, had been at the end of his relationship with his girlfriend, Renae Fearing.

DeVine said Jackson showed up at the house on Goodsell Street. The evidence would show that he violently beat on the door and knocked a phone out of Fearing’s hand, DeVine said.

Jackson searched her purse, took money, discarded the purse and left, he said.

Jackson took the stand in his own defense Friday morning.

He said he received a text message from Fearing that she did not want him to go to the house and no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him.

“I stayed the night at a friend’s house,” he said.

Jackson said Fearing was lying when she said he hit her and knocked a cell phone out of her hand. He said he was not in the residence that day and did not hit Fearing.

“There was no need for me to (take money),” he said.

During his closing argument, DeVine said the testimony had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Jackson had returned to Fearing’s house. DeVine pounded on a table in the courtroom.

“(He) hit the door so hard that he broke it,” he said.

DeVine recalled Jackson’s testimony that he did not go in the house.

“You have to decide who to believe, who’s credible; you have to decide who hurt (Fearing),” he said.

DeVine questioned what the explanation was for Fearing’s injury.

“How did she hurt herself?… She got hurt at that man’s hands,” he said.

In his closing argument, Jackson’s attorney, Derek Dailey, said a lot of things didn’t mesh, and he believed there were too many inconsistencies.

“(Jackson) tries to keep the past in the past,” he said.

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