Pretrial conference set for shooting

Published 9:41 am Saturday, April 30, 2011

COURTLAND—A pretrial conference will be held Tuesday, May 3, for a 25-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of Tirail Jackson, 21, in the Adams Grove area of Drewryville on Feb. 14, 2007.

The first-degree murder trial for Brian Scott is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 24, in Southampton County Circuit Court in Courtland. Scott’s pretrial conference will be held during the 9:30 a.m. court session.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke and Scott’s attorney, Stephen Plott of Suffolk, did not return calls from The Tidewater News about whether Scott will enter a plea or whether alleged co-conspirator Tiona Tucker will testify.

A two-day trial in February for Tucker, 29, of Drewryville ended in a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict. After four hours of deliberation, the jury told Judge Robert O’Hara it could not reach a unanimous decision in the first-degree murder case against Tucker.

She will get a new jury trial beginning on Aug. 17, according to a spokeswoman with the clerk’s office. Tucker remains in jail without bond.

The prosecution claims Tucker and Scott went to the Hicksford Road trailer where Jackson was staying. During their visit, Scott allegedly got into a struggle with Jackson. When Jackson gained the upper hand, Tucker allegedly shot him. Then, Scott is accused of shooting Jackson as well. Both were arrested more than two years after the murder.

During Tucker’s trial, the prosecution relied on testimony from inmates Antonio Hicks and Angela Lucas. Both testified that Tucker had told them she had shot Jackson.