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He had been dating 18 year old Angela Cole for roughly 2 years, and the dance at the National Guard Armory in Hernando Mississippi would make for a night to remember.
"Can I borrow your car?" Jerry ask my brother James, who was a year older, as we sat around the table."
"According to people who saw him at the dance, Jerry and Angela made it to the dance together and left together. It looked like they had a good time and there were no fights between them or anyone else."
"Tony Miller, tried to give Jerry a gun, twice, but Jerry changed his mind and would not take it. Tony told him, "I’m going to follow you to a dark corner and make sure you are OK." Jerry said, "No, I'm fine", and headed North to East Hernando (almost to Olive Branch) to Angela's house."
After he took her home, he was never seen or heard from again. The white 1973 Pontiac LeMans, 2 door with red and black stripes, license number; DAY 458, has also never been recovered.
There are varying stories as to whether Angela was with him or not, but according to Johnnie, Jerry's brother, she seems afraid to talk about it. Maybe with good reason.
"When we tried to report him missing, the sheriff at the time said we had to wait 72 hours, but after the 72 hours was up they still would not investigate."
"The reason they would not investigate might be because they were the ones that did it", says Johnnie.
Anthony Hillard, one of Jerry's friends, told Johnnie 3 or 4 patrol cars had pulled Jerry over to the side of the road where it was dark, got him out of the car, and put him in the sheriff's Deputy's car.
"It was all planned ahead of time, but the problem was they got the wrong guy. Their real target was Jerry's best friend, Johnny Cross."
"Many of my brother's case files are missing, but the FBI says the sheriff's deputies killed him and took his body and his car and buried it in a gravel pit at the corner of College Road, and Bethel Road in Olive Branch."
"I heard they dug the car up and took it to Martin Brothers in Sardis and had it junked."
"I really believe the sheriff deputies killed him, because in 1982 mamma had sent me to town , and I was young and going to get me a drink. When I started down 51 highway, Warren Looney tried to pull me over and I out run him and he shot at me. He told my dad, “We just killed one of your sons and you almost had another one dead."
"We were getting all kinds of threatening phone calls. One time a white man called my dad and said, "Meet me at the corner of Glade and Ranch road, I’m gonna kill you tonight n****r." My dad drove there but the man never showed up."
You can tell she is holding something in her heart. One 4th July I went out there to talk to her and her mom and dad told me to leave. As I was leaving, I met two county deputies; they pulled me over and told me", "You don't want the same thing to happen to you that happened to your brother so don’t’ come out here no more."
Johnnie believes his brother James was also killed by police, but it was ruled a suicide.
If you have any information on this case please contact; Johnnie Armstrong at: 901-826-7162
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations at 662-934-3029
The Desoto County Sheriff's Department at 662-429-1470