Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Aug. 4, 2022
(Aurora, Colo.) A jury convicted an Aurora man of killing his ex-girlfriend, LaBrea Jackson, in 2018.
Andrew Condon, 29, will be sentenced on Nov. 10 in the 18th Judicial District for second-degree murder, tampering with a body, motor vehicle theft, assault, burglary and menacing with a weapon.
According to prosecutors, Condon used Jackson’s phone to text her mother two days before Christmas. The text said Jackson was on her way to pick up Condon, her then-boyfriend. Jackson’s parents expected the couple at their Westcliffe home, but they never arrived. Jackson’s body was found two weeks later inside a storage container at an abandoned truck stop near Exit 34 on I-25 in Las Animas County, located about three hours south of Denver.
“This was a horrific act of domestic violence that robbed two children of their mother, parents of their daughter and a community of a beloved member,” Chief Deputy DA Andrew Steers said. “This verdict is the first step towards justice.”
Investigators found Jackson was strangled between Dec. 21-23, 2018. Cellular telephone data showed a ping from Jackson’s phone on Dec. 23, 2018 off a tower in close proximity to where her body was found. Her phone then pinged off towers in Texas where police pulled Condon over twice for traffic infractions, but there was no sign of Jackson in the car.
On Christmas Eve, after Jackson failed to show up to her parents’ home, her mother called her apartment complex to check on her daughter. A property manager opened the apartment and found a few personal items inside.
The same day, Condon was stopped by Texas State Troopers while driving Jackson’s car. He was issued a citation for drug paraphernalia. Later in the day, Condon was stopped by the Alvarado Police Department in Texas, a city about 30 minutes south of Fort Worth. Condon provided officers with a stolen Colorado ID and was taken into custody on multiple felony warrants out of Colorado. The warrants were unrelated to Jackson’s murder.
At the time Condon was arrested, officers found Jackson’s cell phone on him. Her debit card was also being used in Texas, despite her mother not hearing from her.
On Dec. 26, 2018, LaBrea Jackson was officially reported missing by her mother.
On Jan. 6, 2019, a man pulled into the abandoned truck stop in Las Animas County. He noticed a red plastic storage container with a human body inside and called the police. The Las Animas County Coroner positively identified the body as Jackson’s.
Court records show Condon had perpetrated previous domestic violence acts toward Jackson.
“This was a brutal and callous act of domestic violence that deserves a lengthy prison sentence,” District Attorney John Kellner said. “For anyone struggling with domestic violence, please reach out for help. We’re here for you.”
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Gateway Domestic Violence Services: 303-343-1851