Early yesterday morning, around 4 a.m., Dallas police responded to a call at a Red Bird apartment complex: A 20-year-old woman, Shakeydra Freeney, was dead inside one of the units, having been shot in the face with a shotgun.
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There wasn't any clear indication at the time of who'd killed her or why. That wouldn't come until later in the day, when police tracked down 20-year-old Rickey Jackson. At first, he told detectives that two black men had murdered Freeney, then ran off with the weapon. Only after he was confronted with the account of another witness, which fingered Jackson as the shooter, did he confess.
The night had started out innocently enough. There were a half dozen people in the apartment, just hanging out, when Jackson found a shotgun in the closet according to police documents. He brought it into the room where Freeney was and began fiddling with it.
The first time he pulled the trigger, the chamber was empty. The second time, however, it wasn't, and the barrel happened to be pointed at Freeney's face. Jackson dropped the gun and ran. During questioning, he told police that the shooting was an accident and that he hadn't known the gun was loaded.
Accident or not, Freeney is dead, and police arrested Jackson on a manslaughter charge. He's currently sitting in Lew Sterrett with a $150,000 bond.