Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Navy Officer in Road Rage Incident
A California woman yesterday pleaded not guilty to killing a Navy officer in a fit of road rage.
Authorities say 26-year-old Darla Jackson intentionally hit 39-year-old Navy Chief Petty Officer Zacharia Buob’s motorcycle, and then ran him over with her car on May 28. Police say the two had an altercation on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista during rush hour traffic.
Jackson pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in court yesterday. Bail was set at $1 million.
Two of Jackson’s ex-boyfriends have previously filed restraining orders against her. One of those ex-boyfriends claims that Jackson threatened to run him over with her car.
If convicted, Jackson faces 15 years to life in prison.
Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, about 200 motorcyclists rode in a large group from Denny’s parking lot in National City to the Chula Vista courthouse in support of Buob’s family.
“Regardless of why the altercation started,” said Brittnay Willow, ” a car should never be used [as] a murder weapon.”
She along with friends, family, fellow shipmates and total strangers made the short ride which turned into a rally outside of court.