DPS seeking information on 1990 murders of two young brothers

The Texas Department of Public Safety seeking public assistance in solving the 1990 murders of two brothers, 12-year-old Derrick Jackson and 14-year-old James Edwards, who were killed in Vernon.

As part of a DPS public awareness program, one unsolved case is featured by the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or “cold cases” across the state.

According to a release from DPS, early in the morning Sept. 23, 1990, an intruder went into the apartment where the brothers lived with their mother, Linda Jackson. The intruder shot the two boys in their sleep and struggled with their mother, who was shot three times but survived.

Another brother, 23-year-old Layman Jackson, was in the home at the time but was able to escape through a window unharmed.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a heavy build. Investigators said they believe the suspect in this case may have ties to Austin.

Anyone with information about this unsolved case can submit a tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243.