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Judge grants house arrest to former EKU professor charged in wife's murder if reduced bond paid

Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 20:31:18-04

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — A former EKU lecturer charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence connected to his wife's murder could soon be out on house arrest.

Last week, a judge granted Glenn Jackson's motion for a reduced bond. If he pays the $150,000 bond, the judge will release him on home incarceration.

Jackson, who taught at EKU for five years, was arrested six months after Ella Jackson disappeared. Days later, her skeletal remains were found in rural Pulaski County. Jackson told LEX 18 last October that his wife left him. He has claimed his innocence all along and is currently fighting his charges.

His 48-year-old wife was last seen walking her dog on October 20, 2019. Her car keys and cell phone were found at her Richmond home.

Jackson's ex-husband, Jason Hans, says he didn't expect the judge would go for house arrest. "I and pretty much everybody I talked to are surprised they let somebody out of jail in this circumstance," said Hans Monday morning. He has been taking care of Ella and Glenn Jackson's six-year-old son ever since Jackson's arrest.

Richmond Police and Hans say Jackson wrote in diaries that she was terrified of her husband. Police have also said they found her blood in the back of Jackson's Rav-4 at the couple's home.

Hans strongly disagrees with the judge's decision. "It sends a message that if you murder someone in the context of domestic violence, you're not seen as, as dangerous by society as if you murder somebody on the street."

According to the judge's notes in court papers, if released on his 150-thousand-dollar bond, Jackson must wear an ankle monitor, have no contact with his son, and have no alcohol. In his motion for bond reduction, Jackson's attorney pointed out the 39-year-old has no prior criminal history and worked at EKU at least five years before his termination in connection with the current charges.

The attorney also stated the Madison County Detention Center would not allow Jackson to have a computer to review his case personally; therefore, he cannot prepare for trial. Jackson vigorously denies the criminal allegations against him.