One of three men charged with the shooting and robbery of Lady Gaga’s dog walker was released from jail in what several law enforcement sources told NBCLA was an administrative mistake.
James Howard Jackson, 18, who was accused in court papers of firing the shots during the theft of Gaga’s dogs in February 2021, was freed Wednesday after a court appearance, and booking records showed it was because the charges against him were dismissed.
It was unclear why the cases were being exchanged.
The LA County District Attorney’s Office said late Thursday the dismissed charges were to have been replaced by a superseding grand jury indictment unsealed during the hearing Wednesday.
According to several sources, Jackson’s superseding case was not filed against him.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released Jackson’s photo with a statement that he was freed due to a clerical error.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is investigating the inadvertent release from custody of Defendant James Howard Jackson,: the department said. “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. On Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, Jackson appeared in court at the Clara Shortridge Criminal Justice Center. However, he was released from custody due to a technical error. The investigation continues and the LASD Major Crimes Bureau are actively trying to return Mr. Jackson to custody.
Jaylin KeyshawnWhite, 19, and Lafayette Shon Whaley (27), were each charged with one count of attempted murder, second degree robbery, and conspiracy to rob in connection to the shooting of Ryan Fischer.
Jackson — the alleged gunman — is also charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, while White is also facing one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Jackson was released after five people were initially detained in the case. Authorities claimed that four of them were gang members.
Fischer sustained severe injuries after two French bulldogs belonging the pop star were snatched from them during the stickup/shooting.
Gaga offered half-million dollars for the dogs’ return. Finally, a woman arrived at an LAPD station with dogs and tried to claim her reward.
Gaga and the dogs were reunited by police while they investigated. Detectives eventually were able to connect the woman who claimed the reward to the other dogs.
LAPD officials claimed that the suspects did not target the victim because the dog’s owners were present at the time of their arrests.
“Evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs”And that “was the motivation for the robbery,”Police said.
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”Call 800-222-8477 to download the app for your smartphone “P3 Tips”Mobile APPs on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the Website.