TAMPA — A man who told police that he was responsible for a pair of unsolved Lakeland homicides from the 1980s wants his recorded statements tossed out.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that lawyers for Anthony Jackson say he repeatedly asked to speak with a lawyer, but police continued to question him and didn't give him access to legal counsel.
A judge said he would rule next week.
The 48-year-old Jackson faces first-degree murder and attempted robbery charges in the 1984 slaying of William Clark Ford Jr. He also is accused of second-degree murder in the 1985 killing of 16-year-old Sharon Cheryl Boyce.
For years, the two fatal shootings remained cold cases until Jackson called 911 on Dec. 10, 2011, and asked officers to meet him on a street corner in Tampa.
Jackson said he had heard a minister speak at a local homeless shelter about confessing long-ago sins that continued to stir in a person's soul, Ann Dinges, a Lakeland police spokeswoman, told The Tampa Tribune.
When officers arrived, Jackson, who had a crack pipe, said he had committed two murders in Lakeland, police said. When the officers had specifics on the murders, they contacted Lakeland police, who sent officers to Tampa to investigate.
"He had information that no one would have had except the person who did it," Dinges said.
Police said Jackson shot and killed Ford Jr. on Sept. 21, 1984. Ford was acting as a guard at a home that was being fumigated. Jackson confronted Ford with a gun and demanded money.
Ford, who was 62, said he had the money in the trunk of his car. When Ford when to the trunk, Jackson got nervous and shot him, police said.
Then on March 2, 1985, Jackson shot and killed Cheryl Sharon Boyce, police said.
Jackson was a friend of Boyce and her family. According to police, he was visiting her family's Lakeland apartment when Boyce, who was 16 at the time, told him she was pregnant with someone else's baby.
Although Boyce and Jackson weren't romantically involved, he shot her, police said.