Convicted felon gets life for murder of Jackson man

Nicholas Carson (pictured) was found guilty of shooting Roderick McDonald three times in the head in 2009. Carson, a habitual offender, had several drug convictions prior to the killing. He has been sentenced to life in prison.

By Monica Land

JACKSON – A 31-year-old convicted felon has been sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for shooting a man three times in the head in 2009. Attorney General Jim Hood said it took a Hinds County jury less than an hour to find Nicholas Khan Carson guilty of the murder of Roderick McDonald.

Carson, who had been charged with capital murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, was sentenced as a habitual offender because of four prior felony convictions: three for selling cocaine in Madison County and one for receiving stolen goods in Hinds County.

The murder case against Carson began when McDonald was found in a mobile home at the Homewood Manor trailer park on North State Street just before midnight on Jan. 9, 2009.

A neighbor called police when she heard gunshots and responding officers found McDonald with three gunshot wounds to the back of the head and one gunshot in the right leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

McDonald was Jackson’s first homicide of 2009.

Police also discovered that McDonald’s white 1993 Honda Accord was missing, and the investigation led authorities to Carson.

Carson was arrested a few days later at an apartment complex on County Line Road.

“We are hopeful that the family and friends of the victim in this case received some sense of justice from this conviction handed down by the Hinds County Jury,” Attorney General Hood said.

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