7 arrested in murder, torture of woman who texted her family for help, police say

Published 6:24 am Thursday, February 29, 2024

Seven people have been arrested and charged in the kidnapping, torture and murder of an Alabama woman who texted her family pleading for help, police said.

Birmingham police said Wednesday they had arrested seven suspects in connection to the murder of Mahogany Jackson.

On Monday, February 26, 2024, Mahogany Jackson was discovered shot and killed in the 1700 Block of Laurel Avenue.

Early on Sunday, Jackson had sent a text to her mother telling her she was being held against her will and seeking her to send police.

Police were dispatched, but couldn’t find Jackson at the location she provided by text.

With assistance from the community, detectives located Mahogany Jackson’s body but detectives took seven suspects responsible for Mahogany’s murder into custody within 48 hours of the investigation.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Birmingham Police detectives presented case information to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators would not detail exactly how Jackson had been tortured to spare her family of more pain on the heels of her murder, but suggested it was among the worst they had witnessed.

“The actions displayed by these defendants were barbaric and have no place in society,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr. “The senseless and inhumane treatment perpetuated on young Mahogany Jackson was very disturbing and violent.”

“I truly believe that society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right, but nobody has a responsibility,” Carr said.

“Our office will do our very best to make sure they are punished and held accountable for such heinous and unimaginable actions,” he said. “God bless the family of Mahogany.”

After an assessment of the information, detectives obtained arrest warrants for the following suspects:

Giovonnie Clapp: B/F, 23, of Birmingham, Alabama. Felony murder/kidnapping 1st, sodomy 1st; Assault 2nd with injury.

Blair Green, B/M, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama. Felony murder/kidnapping 1st/sodomy 1st.

Teja Lewis: B/F, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama. Felony murder; Assault 2nd with injury/weapon.

Francis Harris, B/M, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama. Capital Murder/sodomy 1st; Capital murder/kidnapping 1st.

Si’nya McCall, B/F, 23, of Bessemer, Alabama. Felony murder/kidnapping 1st/sodomy 1st.

Jeremiah McDowell, B/M, 18, of Bessemer, Alabama. Capital murder/sodomy 1s; Capital murder/kidnapping 1st.

Brandon Pope, B/M, 24, of Birmingham, Alabama. Capital murder/kidnapping 1st; Capital murder/sodomy 1st.

All suspects are in the custody of the Jefferson Jail and held with No Bond.