Trial underway for man charged with cyberstalking, murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trial underway for man charged with cyberstalking, murder

Donterrius Jackson (Source: Jackson's family) Donterrius Jackson (Source: Jackson's family)
Cortez Bass (Source: Shelby County Jail) Cortez Bass (Source: Shelby County Jail)

The trial for Cortez Bass, who is accused of killing Donterrius Jackson, 17, last March, began Tuesday.

Jackson's mother says her son was bullied on Facebook in the months prior to the shooting. 

"He was cyber bullied to death," Donterrius's mother Linda Jackson said. “It went back to 2007. That's how long he was bullied by the same person. It progressed throughout the years.”

For months before the shooting, Jackson says she went to the police for help. She was worried about her son's safety following the Facebook posts.

"I think if they would have listened, it would not have went this far," she said.

After reaching out to police and school officials, she says Bass was removed from school. She then also removed her son. However, she says, the bullying continued.

Prior to the shooting, Bass was charged with assault and spent nine days in jail. Less than two weeks after Bass was released, Jackson's mom said her son was murdered.

"This is serious,” Jackson said. “When a child cries, you need to hear them. When a mother cries, you need to listen. It cost people their lives. It cost my child his life."

She says he was shot just steps from their home with at least 10 people, many of whom were family members and friends, witnessing the shooting.

Now, Jackson says, the family is looking for justice and hopes Donterrius's story will help others who are being bullied to come forward.

“I hope someone who's afraid to say anything sees this case and speaks out,” she said. "A mother who doesn't take it serious, take it serious. This could mean your child's life."

Court will resume tomorrow and continue for a few days. They hope to have a verdict on this case by Thursday.

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