Melvin Jackson, with his pants unzipped, told police officers that he thought the woman he's accused of raping "was dead," according to court records.
Jackson is accused of raping an unconscious woman at 34th and Troost around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A witness told police that she saw the woman lying on the ground in the fetal position and Jackson with his pants and underwear around his ankles raping the woman. The witness said she yelled at Jackson, who pulled up his pants and walked northbound on Troost. As the witness waved down a patrol car, she overheard Jackson say, "I thought she was dead." Uh, that would make this not only unacceptable but also super-freaking creepy.
The victim told police that she was walking with a friend when she began to feel dizzy and lightheaded. She sat down in a shaded area and passed out. The victim said she was wearing all of her clothes, including panties, when she sat down. The victim told police that she woke up when she heard the witness yelling, "Help her! Get up off her!" She added that the witness told her that Jackson was sexually assaulting her. The victim was no longer wearing her panties when she regained consciousness.
Jackson, 48, asked the detectives interviewing him, "Did that girl say I did something to her?" He then said, "I have the right to remain silent" and refused to answer questions. He is charged with sexual assault.