Jackson County Court: Bus shooting victim charged, accused boyfriend killer heading to trial


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — It was a busy day at the Jackson County Courthouse.

The recent school bus shooting, and the case of a  local woman accused of killer her boyfriend were front and center.

Wednesday morning, the Jackson school bus shooting took a surprising twist.

The victim of Monday’s shooting found himself before a judge.

After being released from the hospital, the 17-year-old victim was arrested for a probation violation.

He was arraigned with his arm in a cast.

Monday afternoon, the high school student was shot in his arm as he was getting on a school bus outside the T.A. Wilson Academy in Jackson.

Previous court records indicate he was on probation for carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of marijuana.

Meanwhile, police continue to seek information about the shooting.

A $1,000 reward is being offered.

The money will go to the person who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.

Police say they have a suspect identified but they need more people to come forward.

“We are diligently investigating this, that person of interest.  Our detectives are out there right now putting this case together. We strongly want a witness who was there to contact us. Provide us information that we might be missing to put this person in custody,” said Lt. Christopher Simpson of the Jackson Police Department.

Also in Jackson County Court Wednesday, a local woman is heading to trial, accused of killing her boyfriend with a shotgun.

“The manner of death is homicide. It is a homicide until proven otherwise,” said Dr. Bernardino Pacris, a medical examiner from Oakland County.

It’s the testimony that Judge Michael Klaeren has been waiting for.

The preliminary hearing for Daisha Cooper was delayed for three weeks so the medical examiner could testify.

27-year-old Cooper is charged with open murder.

She’s accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend, Ben Johnson, back in May.

“The cause of death is shotgun wound to chest neck and shoulders,” Dr. Pacris said.

Previous testimony indicates Cooper thought Johnson was cheating on her.

It was revealed that Cooper is accused of shooting her boyfriend from her front porch as he was walking up to the house.

Prosecutors could use that to try to prove the murder was planned.

But the defense is expected to argue that Cooper acted in self-defense.

“He was under the influence of cocaine prior to his death,” Dr. Pacris said.

Alcohol and marijuana were also found in Johnson’s body.

Whatever happened that night, this is now something that a jury will resolve.

The case was bound over to circuit court.

However, no trial date has been set.

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