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Murder suspect busted for drugs has long criminal record
Thomas Edward Jordan Jr.
Thomas Edward Jordan

The man charged in a January 2016 murder and arrested Thursday for allegedly attempting to sell drugs is currently in jail awaiting another bond hearing.

The man charged in a January 2016 murder and arrested Thursday for allegedly attempting to sell drugs is currently in jail awaiting another bond hearing.
It’s apparently familiar territory for Thomas Edward Jordan, 29, who was taken into custody by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Team at a Hinesville residence, according to a post on the LCSO Facebook page.
Based on court records Jordan has an lengthy criminal record, with several drug charges as well charges for burglary, aggravated assault, simple battery and other minor and domestic offenses.
He also served five years at Macon State Prison for aggravated assault and was released July 22, 2014.
The most recent arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit. Jordan is charged with selling cocaine and marijuana.
At the time of arrest he was on bond after turning himself in to the LCSO a week after a Jan. 25, 2016 shooting that left Kenneth Lee Jackson dead.
Jackson was found shot outside his home at Cedar Hill Mobile Home Park, according to LCSO Detective Doug Snider,
Walthourville police Chief Bernie Quarterman said that based on witness statements, Jordan and Jackson engaged in “what appeared to be a short, heated verbal altercation seconds prior to the shooting.”
Officers responded to Jackson’s home and found him lying on the ground next to the steps leading to the mobile home.
He died despite efforts of his brother and first responders to resuscitate him, police said.
Jordan is charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies and possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Based on court records Jordan’s initial bond was set at $500,000 on March 14, 2016. But that amount was reduced to $250,000 one month later after a hearing held before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart.
Jordan posted bond July 29.
Two months later, in September, while out on the murder bond, Jordan was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Abigail Long filed a motion to have Jordan’s murder bond revoked on Oct. 20.
In the meantime Jordan went before Superior Court Judge Glen Cheney Nov. 1 for the drug charges and bond was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 property.
Jordan was back in court Nov. 21, where he was granted a consent order to continue on his previous bond for murder under the condition that he wear an ankle monitor at his own cost, be responsible for the bond set forth on his September drug charges, follow the law, appear at court hearings and avoid contact with any and all witnesses in his murder case.
Jordan paid his bond Nov. 28.

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