More devastation for the family of a Jackson State University student killed Sunday morning. The cousin of 19 year old Nolan Ryan Henderson was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with his murder.
25 year old Jarrod Emerson was walked to a Jackson Police van Wednesday night around 7:30. With his head bowed he did not answer questions shouted by reporters asking if he was trying to protect the cousin he is now accused of killing.
"Jarrod were you trying to protect Nolan?"
Police tell us interviews reveal 19 year old Nolan Ryan Henderson had been in a physical altercation at the Palisades Apartments swimming pool with several JSU football players. It is believed Henderson left and returned to confront the individuals.
One of the people questioned by Police was Jarrod Emerson. Emerson told detectives his cousin called him and asked him to come over because he had been assaulted. Emerson met Henderson at Highway 80 and Lynch Street. When they went back to the complex, Emerson was armed, pulled his weapon and fired several shots. During that gunfire, Ryan Henderson was shot once in the face and died.
Assistant Chief Lee Vance says the different accounts of what happened early Sunday morning, made it more difficult to get answers.
"Four or five different versions about the same incident is a hindrance because we can't say at this point which one is the right version," said Chief Vance.
Emerson's arrest has brought little comfort to Henderson's family. They have indicated they want the football players involved in the altercation charged with assault.
"The same thing went on where my oldest son got beat down by the football team in '98, spent a week in the hospital, same thing it was swept under the rug," Nolan Henderson, father of the victim said.
Wednesday during a march from the Jackson State campus to the Palisades apartments, the family had a heated exchange with a security guard at the apartments.
"Do what you need to do, call them. Call them. You should have been here the other night okay. You should have been here," Sonja Henderson, the mother of the victim said.
"Where were you when my brother got shot? I need answers and I'm not going to stop until I get them."
Ballistics tests were conducted by the Mississippi State Crime Lab on the bullet recovered from Henderson's body, and the weapon Emerson fired. Those tests revealed a match that led to Emerson's arrest.
Some students have said Henderson was assaulted multiple times before he called his cousin for help. This evening JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyers released this statement. " This is a sad ending to a tragic situation. The Jackson State University family continues to mourn for Nolan and will offer all the support we can to the Henderson family. We will also continue to provide our complete support to the Jackson Police Department until this case is brought to full closure."
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