CLEVELAND, Ohio — The attorney for Frank Q. Jackson says his client is only facing assault charges because he is the mayor’s grandson. Those words coming after Jackson had a pretrial hearing Thursday morning.
“I believe Frank is the victim here and he is being dragged through this because of who his grandfather is,” Jackson’s attorney, Jeffrey Saffold, said. “That’s unfortunate because we would all hate to have our grandchildren treated so horrible because of our place in life. Frank never would have gone through this had the accused been scrutinized and evaluated for the truth.”
Frank Q. Jackson, 22, is facing several charges in connection with the alleged assault on his girlfriend in June. Thursday in court there was a pre-trial hearing where the judge, defense and prosecutor discussed terms about witnesses being called for the trial and evidence that would be used. It was determined there will be a trial date set around Mid-December.
In June, police say the 18-year-old woman told CMHA police that Jackson punched her, choked her and hit her with a metal truck hitch. They say city prosecutors did not file charges because the victim did not want to pursue them. However, a few months later a grand jury indicted him.
“We think the city made the appropriate decision in turning down the case because it’s frankly a terrible case that should never have been charged,” Saffold said. “He was only charged because of the outside pressure.”
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley previously told Fox 8 that Frank Q. Jackson is also a suspect in the Aug. 28 murder of Antonio Parra, 30, of Warrensville Heights.
Witnesses told police two suspects fled the scene. Prosecutors and police said the vehicle seen leaving was registered to the mayor’s grandson, Frank Q. Jackson.
The 22-year-old told police he had sold that car prior to the murder. Multiple sources said the burned-out car found on Holton Avenue on Aug. 30 comes back to Frank Q. Jackson.
The county prosecutor said he believes an outside agency should be brought in to handle the murder investigation. Mayor Frank Jackson told the I-Team he does not believe it’s necessary for an outside agency to handle the case. He also stressed he does not interfere in his grandson’s criminal cases.