Kansas man charged with murder in death of two boys

Man charged with murder in death of two sons

A Kansas man accused of abducting his two daughters from a home where their two brothers were found dead was charged with premeditated capital murder of his two sons, the Leavenworth County attorney said Tuesday.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson filed the charges against Donny Jackson Jr., 40, KCTV reported.

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At a news conference, Thompson said he will present the grand jury with two options -- the premeditated capital murder charge and two counts of first-degree murder, KMBC reported.

The investigation began around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when one of the siblings did not show up for a soccer game, KCTV reported. The children’s mother, Tara Jackson, and their paternal grandmother went to Jackson’s home in Leavenworth, where the bodies of Logan Jackson, 14, and Austin Jackson, 12, were found, the television station reported.

Thompson declined to say how the boys died or whether investigators had discovered a motive, according to the Star.

The boys were in seventh and eighth grade at Lansing Middle School, KMBC reported.

The boys' younger sisters, 7-year-old Nora Jackson and 3-year-old Aven Jackson, were missing from the home, along with Donny Jackson, when investigators arrived, The Kansas City Star reported. Their disappearance triggered an Amber Alert across three states on Saturday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials detained Jackson on Saturday evening. According to KSHB, Jackson was taken into custody near Erick, Oklahoma. Both girls were found safe, troopers said.

Jackson has not been charged with abduction as of Tuesday, Thompson said.

Leavenworth County records showed that Donny Jackson filed for divorce in August 2019. His attorney was withdrawn from the case last month, and Jackson was representing himself, KMBC reported. The next court hearing was scheduled for Nov. 12.

Donny Jackson remains in the Beckham County Jail, KMBC reported.