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Ala. Mom Was Allegedly Tortured by 8 Suspects Over Stolen Gun, Fatally Shot and Tossed at Dump Site

Prosecutors say Mahogany Jackson knew she was going to die, with her alleged killer saying: “She ain’t going nowhere” before fatally shooting her

<p>Birmingham Police Department</p> Mahogany Jackson

Birmingham Police Department

Mahogany Jackson

Before killing Mahogany Jackson, the people the young mother had previously considered friends and who had allegedly tortured her for hours, told her they were going to toss trash at an illegal dumpsite.

Then Francis Harris – one of eight people charged in connection to Mahogany's alleged kidnapping, sexual assault, torture and murder – shot the 20-year-old woman in the back of the head, authorities say.

Investigators later recovered Mahogany’s body – under two mattresses – at a Birmingham, Ala., dumpsite.

In an interview with District Attorney Danny Carr, PEOPLE confirmed details of Wednesday’s preliminary hearing in which six of the eight alleged attackers appeared.

<p>Birmingham Police Department</p> Mugshot of Francis Harris

Birmingham Police Department

Mugshot of Francis Harris

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“This is one of the most savage cases I've ever seen: Cruel and just inhumane acts depicted on a video,” Carr tells PEOPLE. “It’s just really something I thought I’d never see.”

Referring to a slew of videos collected in evidence depicting Mahogany's torturous last hours, Carr says the footage was “something that you can't just forget.”

“And when you see it,” he continues, “the sheer animalistic acts – in my opinion – are just unbearable.”

<p>Gail Maddox Trotter</p> Mahogany Jackson with her daughter, Nydia, now 3.

Gail Maddox Trotter

Mahogany Jackson with her daughter, Nydia, now 3.

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In an interview with PEOPLE just days after her daughter’s murder, Gail Maddox Trotter said Mahogany had been working to distance herself from the very people who later allegedly killed her and that at the end of her life, she was becoming more actively involved in her 3-year-old daughter’s life.

“She was full of life, she loved people,” her mother said. “And sometimes she just loved the wrong people. That was her biggest problem — was just loving the wrong people.”

<p>Gail Maddox Trotter</p> Mahogany Jackson

Gail Maddox Trotter

Mahogany Jackson

Mahogany had joined the group of her own accord on Feb. 24, before a confrontation between them soured, Carr confirms.

She had gone to Brandon Pope’s home that night to confront the 24-year-old over a gun she had previously stolen and believed to now be in his possession, Detective Mark Green testified, per AL.com’s report from inside the courtroom Wednesday.

Taking a gun from Jeremiah McDowell, 18, Mahogany aimed the gun at Pope and allegedly forced him to strip to prove that he did not have the gun, the outlet reports.

Angered by the gunpoint strip-down, Pope, who did not have the gun, later allegedly instructed the group with words to the effect of: “Kill her, or do something to her, that b---- made me strip,” Green said, AL.com reports.

<p>Google Maps</p> Mahogany Jackson was tortured for hours at Serenity Apartments in Birmingham last month.

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Mahogany Jackson was tortured for hours at Serenity Apartments in Birmingham last month.

Throughout the torturous overnight hours spanning Feb. 24 and 25, Mahogany was allegedly moved by the group to multiple locations, including to an apartment complex named Serenity Apartments.

There, Mahogany was allegedly forced to give oral sex to one of the women, while another woman held her head and a third held a gun in one hand and a recording device in the other, per videos in evidence, according to the district attorney.

One person in the house allegedly told her to “hurry up because she had another one” awaiting oral sex, per AL.com.

<p>Gail Maddox Trotter</p> A vigil was held Thursday outside the Birmingham, Ala. apartment where Mahogany was held hostage Feb. 25.

Gail Maddox Trotter

A vigil was held Thursday outside the Birmingham, Ala. apartment where Mahogany was held hostage Feb. 25.

At one point, Mahogany managed to sneak several messages to family members, asking for help and sending her location, her mother tells PEOPLE.

“Send the police apt 3 held hostage don’t call,” Mahogany messaged her mother, according to the Birmingham Police Department, who then began investigating the incident as a missing person’s case but did not reach Mahogany in time.

As the abuse continued, Mahogany’s terror escalated and she defecated on the floor, Carr tells PEOPLE.

“She ain’t going nowhere,” Harris, 25, said of Mahogany before killing her, Carr alleges. Later, as the group prepared to go to the dumpsite, the district attorney says Harris fatally shot Mahogany in the back of the head.

<p>Birmingham Police Department</p> Brandon Pope, 24, Francis Harris, 25, and Jeremiah McDowell, 18.

Birmingham Police Department

Brandon Pope, 24, Francis Harris, 25, and Jeremiah McDowell, 18.

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Investigators recovered her body around 2:19 a.m. local time Feb. 26, according to police.

Following the detective’s testimony on Wednesday, Judge William A. Bell, Jr., tweaked the litany of charges against the six defendants before sending the case to the grand jury, per Carr, who confirmed the updated charges to PEOPLE.

A grand jury will consider charges of capital murder during a kidnapping against Pope and McDowell, as well as Harris, who also remains accused of capital murder during a rape/ sodomy, a charge dismissed against both Pope and McDowell.

<p>Birmingham Police Department</p> Teja Lewis, 26, Giovannie Clapp, 23, and Ariana Lashay Robinson, 23.

Birmingham Police Department

Teja Lewis, 26, Giovannie Clapp, 23, and Ariana Lashay Robinson, 23.

Teja Lewis, 26, Giovannie Clapp, 23, and Ariana Lashay Robinson, 23, are each charged with felony murder. But Clapp’s initial second-degree assault charge was reduced to misdemeanor third-degree assault.

The remaining suspects — Blair Green, 25, and Si’Niya McCall, 23, who were both initially charged with felony murder during first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sodomy — are slated for separate preliminary hearings March 18.

If convicted of capital murder charges, such cases in Alabama hold the possibility of the death penalty.

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