Detroit Heroin Dealer Convicted of First Degree Murder
Detroit native Jaleen Genard Allen, 24, also known as “Jay Skoop”, was convicted today of First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Employing a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony by a Knox County jury.
Prosecutors Leland Price and Hector Sanchez presented proof during a four-day trial that, on August 29, 2017, Allen was at a home on Agnes Road in Bearden to sell heroin. Once inside, he encountered victim Michael Johnson, whom he believed had stolen a car from one of his friends from Detroit. Allen proceeded to kidnap Johnson by duct-taping his hands and wrists in the basement of the home.
After a few minutes, Allen led Johnson upstairs to the driveway, where he executed him by shooting him 13 times with a .40 caliber handgun. Allen then drug Johnson’s body down the driveway and down an embankment towards Agnes Road.
Allen fled Knoxville following the murder, but was taken into custody by United States Marshals in Detroit weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Allen had a .40 caliber handgun in his possession. Forensic firearm analysts with the Knoxville Police Department were able to determine that 13 shell casings found in the driveway at Agnes Road were fired by the handgun in Allen’s possession at the time of his arrest.
Further, prosecutors Price and Sanchez presented evidence of Facebook posts by Allen containing videos of him flaunting the murder weapon. These two videos were posted by Allen both before and after the murder of Johnson.
Judge Scott Green imposed an automatic life sentence following the jury’s verdict. Allen will face a sentencing hearing on September 21, 2018, for the kidnapping and firearm counts. Allen’s conviction is the latest in a long string of Knox County cases involving Detroit heroin dealers.
“We will continue to aggressively combat the heroin pipeline from Detroit to Knoxville,” said District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. “Detroit heroin dealers who come to Knoxville to sell drugs and commit murder can expect to spend the rest of their lives in a Tennessee prison.”
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