Muskogee Man Charged, Family Grieves After Toddler's Slaying

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 1:10 pm
By: News On 6

A 21-year-old Muskogee man is now charged in the shooting death of A 2-year-old boy Wednesday night.

While the victim's family grieves, police say they've tied the suspect to another shooting as well.

Police say they're talking with several people right now and more charges could be filed in JaCion Logan's death. Meanwhile, the victim's family says they know the one person who has been charged.

Elbert "Lee" Meeks, 21, was arraigned less than 12 hours after turning himself in to police. He's now charged with the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy.

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Outside the courtroom, the victim's grieving grandmother.

"We're devastated, we're not doing well at all, both families - his paternal family and his maternal family are all struggling," said Vickie Ragsdale, victim's grandmother.

Vickie Ragsdale spent many weekends with JaCion Logan. He was a happy baby, just starting to learn his colors. JaCion still has presents under the Christmas tree.

"I can't stop thinking about him. He was my joy. He didn't have a chance to live,"

JaCion's life was cut short inside a Muskogee home. He was with his other grandmother, when someone knocked at the door around 7:30 p.m.

Police say it was Meeks, who immediately pointed the gun and shot off one round as the grandmother struggled to shut the door.

The bullet hit JaCion, who died later at the hospital. Meeks turned himself in at midnight.

"He had nothing else to do but turn himself in because there was so many people looking for him. When you take the life of a baby, that's really stretching it," she said.

Police say this was not random, but the toddler wasn't the intended target.

"This was in reference to an earlier altercation that had occurred and they were looking for another family member," said Lt Bobby Lee of the Muskogee Police.

Investigators won't release details about that altercation and they say Meeks isn't talking.

"I want to pray him and I will pray for him, but then in the same manner, he can rot in hell," Ragsdale said.

The Muskogee County DA also filed separate charges against Meeks for Assault with a Deadly Weapon involving a shooting on December 9th. That victim survived.

Meeks' next court appearance is December 28th. He's being held without bond on both charges.