HARTFORD - The mother of a man suspected of murder said her son was mentally ill when he allegedly killed his brother earlier this year.
Millard Jackson, 27, who has a New Britain residence, was ordered to remain in custody on $1 million bond Thursday in connection with the death of his brother, Joseph Swan, 45, at his family’s Manchester residence on Jan. 21.
Jackson appeared in Hartford Superior Court, where his case had been transferred from Manchester. He faces charges in six other cases, including second-degree burglary, operating under the influence and risk of injury, said state prosecutor Dev Collins.
The state has a strong case against Jackson and has a witness, Collins said. Jackson is a safety concern to the general public, she added.
Police say Jackson shot his brother on the front porch of the Manchester house after finding a gun in the basement. DNA samples from Jackson, obtained by police, linked to the gun police said was used in the shooting, the warrant for Jackson’s arrest said. Police said Jackson has a New Britain residence but they did have an address.
Jackson’s mother, Carol Swan, told The Herald after her son’s arraignment that he had a history of mental illness and thought people were after him. At the time of the incident, Carol Swan said, Jackson must not have recognized his brother coming into the house.
“He’s not a violent person,” Carol Swan said.
Joseph Swan worked hard at a Burger King and had two children in their 20s for whom he had paid child support, Carol Swan added.
Jackson is due back in court on April 16.
During Jackson’s next appearance, he will have the right to discuss whether a competency evaluation should be ordered, Lynch said.
Swan said she’s hoping the state will see that Jackson was undergoing “temporary insanity” when the incident happened.
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