Prosecutor: Hopewell Township man charged with murdering his father

A Hopewell Township man has been charged with murdering his father, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday morning.

At about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, police in Hopewell responded to a call that a man had been stabbed inside an apartment at the Birchwood at Hopewell, which is located across the street from the Stop & Shop shopping center on Denow Road. Police located the body of Ishmeal Jackson, 82, on the kitchen floor. He had died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Hopewell police officers secured the apartment and notified the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

An investigation revealed that on or about Monday, Nov.21, Joelle Jackson stabbed his father to death in the apartment they shared. Jackson, 54, is charged with murder and weapons offenses. He was taken into custody Tuesday evening at the Hopewell Township Police Department, police said. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain him pending trial.