Bail set at $250,000 for suspect in murder of 2011 Mountlake Terrace HS grad

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The window at the upper right is  the apartment unit where Forest Jackson was found.
The window at the upper right is the apartment unit where Forest Jackson was found.

Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 20-year-old Mountlake Terrace man who was arrested by Mountlake Terrace police at the Lakeside Apartments around 2 a.m. on March 29 for the alleged murder of Forest Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.

The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to file formal charges of second degree murder against the suspect sometime on Tuesday. It is the policy of MLTnews.com not to name suspects until they have been formally charged with a crime.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident Saturday morning in the 6300 block of St. Albion Way. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail with a request from Mountlake Terrace police to keep under observation as a suicide watch.

Multiple 911 calls came in around 1:45 a.m. Saturday from both inside and outside the apartment where the suspected murder took place in the “B” building of the Lakeside Apartments. One 911 call, according to police reports, came from the suspect himself as he stood near the apartment complex’s main office. He reportedly told the 911 dispatcher, “He’s dead; he’s gone,” and that he had killed his friend with a knife.

Police reports describe the second-story apartment where the incident took place as having “a large amount of blood on the carpet and blood spattered across the walls.” The body of Jackson was found lying on the floor with a large cut on the right side of his neck. Police officers tried to locate a pulse, but were unable to; fire department personnel who arrived soon after pronounced Jackson deceased at the scene.

According to the police reports, the suspect told arresting officers that he is addicted to Xanex and that someone had stolen his stash.

A public memorial service for Jackson is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 814 N.E. 85th St. in Seattle. An “In Memory of Forest Jackson” Facebook page has been created and dozens of messages from friends and acquaintances have already been posted.

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