Third suspect in White Swan killings facing federal charges
YAKIMA, Wash. — A third suspect is facing criminal charges in federal court in connection with the White Swan killings.
Morris Bruce Jackson, 40, was taken into custody following the shooting June 8 when a Yakima County sheriff’s sergeant saw him running through a field near an abandoned vehicle.
Jackson was arrested on an outstanding warrant. A witness reported seeing Jackson throw a firearm into a canal prior to his arrest, which officers were able to locate, court documents said.
According to court documents, Jackson told police he’d been inside the vehicle at 1410 Stephenson Road in White Swan with a rifle in tow before he tossed it into the irrigation canal.
As a convicted felon, Jackson is not allowed to have a firearm, court documents said.
Previously, Jackson served time on multiple felony convictions, including 14 months in Skamania County for possession of stolen property in 2011 and 20 months in Klickitat County for second-degree assault in 2002.
Jackson is one of four suspects in the case, including James Dean Cloud, Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud and another suspect who has not yet been charged.
Police say Jackson was at or near 5151 Medicine Valley Road when five people were shot to death and subsequently helped to steal a truck and fled with the other three suspects.
When the truck broke down less than 10 miles away on Stephenson Road, the group spilt in half. The Clouds allegedly made their way to a nearby home for an armed carjacking, while Jackson and the other suspect fled on foot, court documents said.
Jackson made his initial appearance Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He’s being held on suspicion of Illegal possession of a firearm.
If convicted, Jackson could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He’s scheduled to appear July 1 for a preliminary hearing in federal court.