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Demario Anton Jackson, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, in the July 16, 2011, slaying of 46-year-old Andy Albarran.

A Banning man accused of shooting an unarmed nightclub patron during a scuffle before the defendant was shot and wounded by a police officer was acquitted today.

Demario Anton Jackson, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, in the July 16, 2011, slaying of 46-year-old Andy Albarran. The Riverside jury deliberated about two days before reaching a verdict, according to court records.

Jackson did not take the stand in his own defense because he could not recollect details of the night in question, his attorney, Susanne Cho, told City News Service.

"Things are pretty hard to remember when you've been shot twice," Cho said outside court.

The defense maintained that Jackson killed Albarran to protect himself. The prosecution argued it was a cold-blooded murder.

Beaumont police Officer Brent Conan testified earlier that he witnessed Jackson shoot Albarran at point-blank range, from less than five feet away.

Jackson and Albarran were among several hundred people who went to see a live show at Celebrities Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in the 500 block of Beaumont Avenue on the night of the shooting.

Conan testified that he went to the location to nab drunken drivers leaving the club. The officer said he immediately became aware of a physical confrontation involving several men in the adjacent Wells Fargo bank parking lot.

"I heard what sounded like a high-pitched pop and thought it might be a firecracker or gunshot," the officer testified. "I couldn't tell where it came from. I drew my firearm and continued toward the crowd and saw an older Hispanic man and a younger black man fighting."

According to Conan, he witnessed Jackson fire a bullet into Albarran, striking the victim in the upper body.

"That's when I fired my gun at the shooter," Conan testified.

The officer said Jackson stumbled and collapsed onto the ground and Albarran, struck in a lung and shoulder, staggered backward, stepped off the curb and fell face-down onto the pavement. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Jackson was shot in the leg and torso. He underwent surgery and made a full recovery.

According to testimony, both the defendant and the officer were armed with .45-caliber handguns.

Brandon said the reason for the altercation has never been determined.

According to Cho, Albarran, his teenage son and the youth's teenage cousin all attacked Jackson over a disagreement that erupted as they left the club.

Victor S Dominguez November 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Mr.Jackson shot and killed Andy in the back. This murder is now free in the pass area. The DA failed in the courtroom and the well funded defense team won their case. This is a sad day for our community. Make no mistake Justice failed our community!The Beaumont Officer did not kill Mr. Albarran, that is what the defense wants us to believe . I for one will advocate for Mr. Albarran
Damchi November 05, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Victor, you are correct. The DA did fail and it does not surprise me. I was on a jury earlier this year at this same courthouse and was shocked at the young lady DA who appeared to be straight out of college. The case was poorly presented and the defendant was found not guilty.
IIBLK November 05, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Two corrupt police departments I hope Jacksons gets millions of dollars for what they put him through. They are reject cops that couldn't make it anywhere else......Last chance for employment Banning or Beaumont....
NoContest November 05, 2012 at 09:05 AM
So it's only about how Jackson was wronged here? Another Jackson relative trying to redirect the blame. What about Alberran's family? Andy was murdered and the only concern is for more money for Jackson? Jackson ripped off enough money from the community already he doesn't need anymore. A known corrupt developer suing an allegedly corrupt PD would be the pot calling the kettle black! Sorry for what Jackson went through getting hospitalized, but why did the 'model citizen' need to illegally carry a gun for in the first place, more developer business deals? What did he expect to do with it that night? Andy is DEAD. MURDERED. How is Jackson the victim here?
Carol Stull November 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Spot on. Perjured testimony from "Officer of the Year" at Beaumont. And another "Officer of the Year" at Banning is being investigated for confiscated gun theft even though their Internal affairs officer is on the Brady list for past dishonesty - he'll try to cover it up.

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