BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A father of seven is dead; his neighbor is behind bars, accused of killing him.
Andre Jackson, 51, is being held on $1 million bond in the death of Michael Davis, 49.
“All of a sudden I heard an argument and it escalated and it was getting real loud,” said Davis’ wife, Lisa Penn.
Lisa Penn said she had just gotten home from a bike ride around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday when she witnessed her husband being shot to death. It happened right in front of their home on Fairtree Road in Bedford Heights.
“I heard a pop, pop and I looked back through and I could see Michael twirling around and he had been shot and he shot him two or three more times,” said Penn.
Police arrested their neighbor, Andre Jackson, and charged him with murder. Investigators said they recovered a handgun and they said Jackson had a valid concealed carry weapons permit.
The families have lived next door to each other for the past 14 years and share a driveway.
“There’s no way possible he didn’t have a doubt in his mind that he wanted to shoot my father. He didn’t go in the house to get a gun; he already had a gun on him, so he was waiting and ready for my father,” said the victim’s daughter, Jalisa Penn.
Davis’ family said he and Jackson had an argument the day before the shooting, as well.
They said Michael was meticulous when it came to landscaping his yard. Police said Wednesday night’s shooting began with an argument about Jackson’s drainage and how debris goes into the victim’s yard.
“When it rains, it pours up; it spills into the cul-de-sac and it messes up the retainer wall that my father built. It’s starting to shift now because of his drain being clogged and him not taking care of his portion of the yard,” said Davis’ daughter.
“He couldn’t stand to see leaves in the driveway. He always wanted it really clean and everything,” said the victim’s wife.
FOX 8 went to Andre Jackson’s home, but was unable to reach anyone for comment.
Michael Davis leaves behind seven children and many other relatives who gathered at the home to comfort each other Thursday.
“He didn’t have to shoot my father to start with. It was all senseless; it was over yard work,” said Jalisa Penn.
Andre Jackson will appear in court Friday morning. Bedford Heights police say he does not have a past criminal record and there is no record of police being called to either address for any conflicts.
A fund has been set up to help Michael Davis’ family. Donations can be made at any branch of Chase Bank.