Peoria teen facing first degree murder charges

Erick Jackson
Erick Jackson(Peoria County Jail)
Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 10:40 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - An 18-year-old man faces first degree murder charges in connection with the murder of 15-year old Merian Smith earlier this month.

Erick D. Jackson is in the Peoria County jail, arrested for First Degree Murder, domestic battery/physical contact, and criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Peoria Police Spokeswoman Semone Roth says the arrest pertains to a murder that happened on November 7th, 2022.

25 News is working to confirm more information pertaining to the arrest.

Smith was the city’s 23rd homicide of the year. It is believed he was shot and died as the result of the shooting that happened around 3:30 p.m. near Quest Charter Middle School.

According to jail records Jasckson’s  address coincides with the location of a SpotShotter Alert that also happened Monday.