Two charged with killing Troost Avenue barber during robbery

Jackson County prosecutors today accused two men of killing a barber during a botched robbery Wednesday night.

One of the robbers accidentally shot himself in the arm while shooting the barber, according to court records. Police found a blood trail that led to the gunman’s ex-girlfriend’s apartment, the records said.

Prosecutors charged Georgio M. White, 19, and David O. Waters, 22, each with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of Joseph S. Jackson Sr., 53.

An off-duty police officer found Jackson’s body about 6:10 p.m. inside Barbershop 67 at 3402 Troost Avenue. Witnesses saw two men flee the shop and run through a grocery store parking lot and into the Bainbridge Apartments.

The men left a blood trail inside the apartment doors, inside an elevator and on the third floor leading to an apartment. Video surveillance showed the men and a woman fetching cleaning supplies from her apartment that they used to try to clean up blood inside the building. The three then fled before officers arrived.

Court records allege that White said he needed money and wanted to rob the barber after all his customers left for the night. Jackson let White and Waters inside the business and White asked about a haircut, the records said.

White demanded Jackson’s money, court records said. Jackson gave White some money but grabbed his arm. White allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Jackson repeatedly. White “ended up shooting himself in the process,” court records said.

Police arrested Waters and White separately Thursday. According to court records, Waters told police he was supposed to rifle through the victim’s pockets, but he never did. White denied involvement and told police he was getting a haircut when two other men robbed and shot the victim. Court records noted he had a gunshot wound to his left forearm, which White said he suffered when the other men shot the victim.