Jackson, 30, was due to be released early last month from Valdosta State Prison on a 2008 armed robbery conviction, before Quinn and Marshall English, an investigator for the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, requested that Jackson be held a while longer.
With the case, English
and Quinn were given a litany of seemingly disparate pieces of evidence collected seven years ago - some that began to bear fruit only after the original detective had been reassigned.
said they were able to connect more information from Ray's car and home to Jackson.
Comparing photos of Jackson from two arrests that bookend the date of the murder - the first on a probation violation and the second for cocaine possession and other charges - investigators found not-so-subtle changes consistent with someone being in a car wreck in which the airbag burst open.
"You can notice that there are no scars or any kind of injuries on his
face on the arrest photo of March 25, 2004," English
"Then, when he
is arrested on June 20, 2004, he
has a large scar on his
nose, black eyes and several other injuries on his
Another key piece of evidence came from a routine review of phone records: Investigators discovered that Jackson contacted a girlfriend from Ray's home.
"A lot of phone calls made from the victim's house were from Torico Jackson," English
and Quinn found a one-page printout of a Georgia Department of Corrections inmate profile with Jackson's picture on it, printed on May 12.
"It's just due diligence," English
"Just leaving no stone unturned."