Central Hillside Stabbing Suspect Convicted in 2005 of Second Degree Murder, Aiding and Abetting

By KBJR News 1

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Donald Laquier Jackson is charged with six offenses stemming from an alleged stabbing in Duluth's Central Hillside, including 2nd Degree Attempted Murder for the benefit of a gang.

This isn't the first time he's been involved with a severe crime here in Duluth.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says Laquier Jackson was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder, aiding and abetting in 2005 for the death of 5-year-old Markus Jackson.

In 2003, Jackson was inside a home during a botched robbery attempt at the Saint Regis Apartment Complex in Duluth's central hillside.

A shot was fired killed the 5 year old boy in the early morning hours of September 24th.

Laquier Jackson was one of six people charged in that crime.

Rubin says he was sentenced to 144 months imprisonment that was stayed due to the extended juvenile jurisdiction, he spent time at the red wing juvenile facility.

St. Louis County Attorney Kristen Swanson says that Laquier Jackson also was convicted of 2nd Degree Assault in Beltrami County in 2009.

The other suspect in stabbing also has has a criminal history. Tuesday, the charges against him were amended from assault, to attempted murder.

17-year-old Norman Cutbank III will now face a charge of 2nd degree attempted murder for the benefit of a gang.

His initial charges, according to a juvenile delinquency petition, were three counts of assault.

But, in juvenile court Tuesday morning, attorney Charles Schumaker amended the charges to the same as those faced by 25-year-old Laquier Jackson.

The probation officer present at the hearing also said that Cutbank has an extensive criminal history, including, 9 felonies, 11 probation violations, 14 failures to appear, and 14 consumption tickets.

He will remain at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center through out the legal process.

The prosecution is moving to charge Cutbank as an adult.

Authorities say a 17-year-girl was found on October 13th with a stab wound to her chest, and evidence of blunt force trauma to her head.

An 18-year-old male was found close by with injuries consistent with a beating.

Both of the victims in this case have asked to remain anonymous fearing retaliation.

Zach Vavricka

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