Vidalia murder case will go to grand jury in July

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 7, 2001

VIDALIA, La. – The case of a woman who was killed in an apparent robbery attempt will be handed over to a grand jury the second or third week in July, the District Attorney’s Office confirmed Wednesday.

The body of Linda Merritt McClanahan, 54, of 127 Donald Drive, was found in her burning trailer May 28.

An autopsy showed she was beaten with a blunt instrument and stabbed several times before the trailer was set on fire, apparently to cover up the crime.

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The apparent motive was robbery, said Sheriff Randy Maxwell

Stephen Alfred Jackson, 34, of 133 Donald Drive in Vidalia, was charged Friday morning with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and armed robbery.

He had been held on an unrelated charge of forgery.

He is being held at the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility extension on $1,202,500 bond.

Jackson’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Elizabeth A. Mohon, also of 133 Donald Drive, was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, aggravated arson and armed robbery.

Bond was set at $50,000 for Mohon, who was released later Friday by Judge Leo Boothe on a personal surety bond.