Raeford Man Charged with First Degree Murder After He Was in Sheriff’s Office for Questioning

WNCN is reporting that a Raeford man has been charged with first-degree murder for killing a woman after he was taken in for questioning earlier in the day, according to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:21pm Friday, deputies said they were called to the area of Hillcrest Drive in reference to shots fired. When they arrived, they said they found two homes that had been shot into, however, no one was injured.

Jalen Jackson was arrested without further incident and no injuries were sustained. Jackson was taken to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office and was released after declining to speak with detectives about the shots fired in the Hillcrest Drive area, according to deputies.

Less than three hours later at about 5:36 p.m., deputies said they were called to the area of Nicholson Creek Game Lands in reference to an unresponsive female. They said EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. Detectives said they identified the woman as Ashanti Allen and notified her family.

Deputies asked Jackson about Allen’s death, and they said he declined to speak. Jackson was arrested and charged with:

  • First-degree murder
  • Possession of firearm by felon
  • Assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • Shooting into occupied dwelling
  • Damage to property

He was given no bond because of the first-degree murder charge, according to the sheriff’s office.