Lady Gaga–Man Accused Of Shooting Singer’s Dog Mistakenly Released From Jail
The man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year was mistakenly released from jail due to a clerical error!
James Howard Jackson, 18–one of three men charged in the shooting and robbery of dog walker Ryan Fischer–was released from court on Wednesday (Apr. 6) after records showed the charges against him were dropped. According to the LA County District Attorney’s Office, the dismissed charges were supposed to have been replaced by a superseding grand jury indictment unsealed during Wednesday’s hearing. But instead, it appears the superseding case was not entered in correctly against Jackson.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had this to say about the mix up:
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is investigating the inadvertent release from custody of Defendant James Howard Jackson. Mr. Jackson was in custody for attempted murder in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the theft of two of the singer’s French Bulldogs which occurred on February 25, 2021. “
The statement continues,
“Defendant Jackson attended court proceedings at the Clara Shortridge Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, and was released from custody on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, due to a clerical error. The investigation is continuing and the LASD Major Crimes Bureau is actively working to get Mr. Jackson back in custody. “
As previously reported, Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer was attacked in Hollywood Feb. 24 2021 around 10 p.m. while walking three of the entertainer’s French Bulldogs. The dog walker was shot during the altercation and the gunman made off with 2 of the dogs, named Koji and Gustav. The 3rd dog was able to run away and was safely found later on, according to reports. Fischer was critically injured during the attack and suffered a collapsed lung.
James Jackson was arrested in April 2021 along with Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27, and all three were charged with attempted murder and robbery for the dogs-for-cash scheme! Two others — Jennifer McBride, 50, and Harold White — were charged as accessories to the crime. Reportedly, all of the suspects, except for McBride, have gang connections.
After Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the pups, the group recruited McBride to act as the innocent hero and show up at a LAPD station with the dogs, claiming she had found the two pups. Officials grew suspicious of the story and quickly put the pieces all together.
Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 213-229-1850 or by calling “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477.
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