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Co-defendant pleads guilty, will testify against suspects in Nick Jackson murder

Jason Dozier

Jason Dozier

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Timothy Johnson

LAWRENCEVILLE — Opening statements will be held Wednesday morning in the trial of Jason Dozier, one of seven men charged in the murder of Norcross teen Nick Jackson. After that, one of his alleged co-conspirators will testify against him.

The Daily Post learned Tuesday that co-defendant Timothy Lamar Johnson entered a guilty plea and will offer his testimony in Dozier’s trial. The murder charges will also be dropped against Johnson, who still faces counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

“He will be sentenced later,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Morrison, who is prosecuting the Dozier case, said that Johnson would testify Wednesday.

“As a special condition of his sentence, he is required to testify truthfully at the trial of his co-defendants,” Morrison said.

Johnson is represented by attorney Lucas Harsh.

Only one of several bullets fired by the robbing crew that stormed the Jackson home on Feb. 2, 2012, hit 15-year-old Nick Jackson. Authorities believe they know who fired that bullet, but have not yet identified which suspect that is.

Dozier, 38, is the only suspect being tried individually. Shaved head, well-groomed beard and dapper black suit, he sat alongside attorney Andrew Margolis as jury selection for his trial was completed Tuesday afternoon.

Nick Jackson Sr. — the slain teen’s father, whose cocaine trafficking likely fueled the robbery that took his son’s life — watched quietly Tuesday afternoon as attorneys finished the interview process. The deceased teen’s mother was also present for the proceedings in front of Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tom Davis.

On the night of his murder, Nick Jackson II was in his basement bedroom playing video games. Authorities believe Dozier, Johnson and four other men stormed the house in search of cash and drugs rumored to be kept at the Autry Street home by his father, a well-known drug dealer.

Jackson II was reportedly barricading his bedroom door when he was shot through the heart.

All six suspects were arrested shortly after the incident and just a few blocks away. A seventh man, believed to be “tied to the event,” was arrested two months later. All of the men were charged with murder.

Earlier this year, Jackson Sr. entered a guilty plea on cocaine trafficking charges and was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison. It was unclear Tuesday if he had already begun serving his sentence — originally scheduled to start Aug. 1 — or been granted permission to delay it further.