2 Jacksonville men charged with capital murder after man stabbed near Love’s Lookout


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KETK) Two men have been arrested in connection to a murder after a body was found last week near Love’s Lookout.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Ja’Michael Rusk, 22, and Brandon Branton, 22, of Jacksonville, have been charged with murder.

The charge stems from the body of Randy Davenport, 25, of Jacksonville, being found on July 31, lying on the side of the road at the intersection of County Road 3906 and County Road 3901.

Officials say Davenport was receiving a ride from Rusk and Branton, when they stopped the vehicle and committed murder by stabbing him.

Arrest warrant affidavits were presented to 369th District Judge Michael Davis. Judge Davis issued warrants Thursday afternoon.

Rusk and Branton have been booked booked into the Cherokee County Jail for capital murder, with bonds set at $1 million each.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, Jacksonville Police Department, Rusk Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office East Texas Anti Gang Task Force were all involved in the investigation.

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