Jason Mattison Jr., a standout high school student, had gone to stay with his great-aunt because he was not welcome in his mother’s and grandmother’s house because he was gay. But Hastings described the house on Llewellyn Avenue as a drug den with transient traffic, and she said on the day Jason was attacked both his great-aunt and her brother had passed out from heroin and could not hear his screams for help.
The suspect, Parrish, had came to the house just after getting out of prison after winning a new trial on a conviction for murder in 1999. Prosecutors said Jason was suffocated with a pillowcase, and cut 15 times on the head, neck and face, three times so deep that it cut the artery in neck in three different places.
Jason's mother and grandmother should be on trial too.