Charges dropped against Vol Janzen Jackson, female suspect

By: Michael Grider/Mike McCarthy Email
By: Michael Grider/Mike McCarthy Email
The Knox County District Attorney General

The Knox County District Attorney dropped the attempted aggravated robbery charges against Janzen Jackson. (Photo Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Prosecutors have dropped all felony charges against University of Tennessee football player Janzen Jackson, and the UT senior accused of being a getaway driver.

"For all those folks who are out there, speculating that Mr. Jackson was up to no good, that's just ridiculous speculation and not true," Jackson's lawyer, Don Bosch said.

The Knox County District Attorney General's Office announced the charges would be dismissed Monday Morning.

Attempted aggravated armed robbery charges have stuck against ex-Vol football players Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards, according to the district attorney's office.

Only Volunteer TV was there as Jackson, Richardson, and Edwards were arrested at the Pilot convenience store on Cumberland Avenue Nov. 12.

The trio was charged after police said they tried to rob three men in the store's parking lot around 1:45 am.

Bosch said his client never left the car or saw anything related the incident.

"Being at the wrong place at the wrong time doesn't mean one's committed a crime," Bosch said. "We have said all along that Mr. Jackson didn't commit a crime in this matter."

Fellow student Marie Montmarquet also faced attempted robbery charges, as well as misdemeanor drug charges for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

"It's unfortunate she's gone through this process so far," Montmarquet's attorney, Greg Isaacs said. "She's a pre-law major with an outstanding academic record, and she's pleased this matter is resolved today."

However, the district attorneys office will prosecute the drug charges, according to attorneys.

Edward's lawyer, David Eldridge, declined comment about the details of the case.

"Regardless of the merits of the allegations against Mr. Edwards, he recognizes he made a terribly poor mistake in judgment putting himself in that position," Eldridge said.

Richardson's attorney, Jaime Poston, said her client's expressed remorse.

"I think Nu'Keese regrets what has happened," Poston said. "I think there's a lot more to the story than what's being shown and we'll be able to show that when it comes out in court."

The decision to dismiss felony charges against Jackson and Montmarquet came after an "intensive" Knoxville Police investigation and reviews of more than 10 hours of video and audio recordings related to the charges, according to prosecutors.

"The investigation and careful review of all relevant evidence failed to show the Ms. Montmarquet or Mr. Jackson had prior knowledge that the attempted robbery was going to take place and were unaware something had occurred until after they pulled out of the Pilot store," prosecutors said in news release.

The release also said "there's an insufficient legal basis to continue a prosecution against [Jackson and Montmarquet]."

UT Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin has kicked Richardson and Edwards off the team.

Jackson has remained on the team, but has been banned from any team activities.

UT Athletics told Volunteer TV Kiffin wasn't expected to make a decision on Jackson's status Monday.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County District Attorney General's Office dropped the attempted aggravated robbery charges against Vol football player Janzen Jackson and Marie Lynn Montmarquet, following the Nov. 12 incident that led to the arrest of Montmarquet and three Vols, including Jackson.

A news release from the DA's office says, "The investigation and review of all relevant evidence failed to show (that) Ms. Montmarquet and Mr. Jackson had prior knowledge that the attempted robber was going to take place and were unaware something had occurred until after they pulled out of the Pilot Store (on Cumberland Ave.)"

Montmarquet's drug possession and paraphernalia charges will remain and be prosecuted by the DA's office.

Attempted aggravated robbery charges also remain against Nu'Keese Richardson and Michael Edwards.

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  • by Nikki Location: seymour on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    So, let me get this straight, a student in pre-law has 2 counts of drug possession/paraphenalia in the same year and she's expecting to graduate and move on with her career? In what??? Illegal drug possession and she still gets the degree...I guess she'll be working on behalf of defense for drug users...and smoking one with them while they conjure up their excuses. Oh wait, she can work in Cali w/ no problem. Geesh...something is wrong with this picture!!!
  • by span Location: knox on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    I would bet he is a really good football player most valuable to the team, it is unfortunate that his number 15 will be changed to No. 1 as he will be called a "lieability" of the number 1 type. The saga of UT Football continues.
  • by Anon Location: Jefferson County on Nov 23, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Politicians Money = Corrupt World


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