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Eddie Jackson sentencing hearing postponed

Eddie Jackson (Source: CPSO) Eddie Jackson (Source: CPSO)
Missing: Tracy Winslow Missing: Tracy Winslow

A sentencing hearing for a man convicted of kidnapping and arson charges in the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend was postponed Wednesday.

The delay came because the pre-sentencing investigation by the judge was delayed by closures due to Hurricane Isaac in August.

The new date for the sentencing hearing has been set for October 17, when both sides will have a chance to file motions and make arguments before the actual sentencing.

In August, Eddie Jackson was convicted of kidnapping Tracy Winslow and burning her car in January 2011. She hasn't been seen since.

During the trial, Caddo Parish District Attorney's office prosecutors focused on what they called their strongest evidence -- cell phone activity by Jackson close to the spot of Winslow's burned out car.

Prosecutors argued that Jackson tracked and harassed Winslow on the last night anyone ever saw her.

Jackson's defense attorneys said that Caddo Sheriff's office investigators tried to confuse or trick Jackson, and that the investigators were not speaking the truth.

But prosecutors rebutted that argument, saying that Jackson had every opportunity to prove his innocence. They said Jackson could not answer the simplest of questions, namely why he made a phone call at the exact spot of Winslow's burned out car before she was even reported missing.

Jackson could be facing a maximum sentence of 40 years at hard labor on the kidnapping charge. Simple arson with damage of $500 or more carries a fine of up to $15,000 and a maximum of 15 years in prison at hard labor.

Jackson will also be in court for a charge of carnal knowledge of juvenile in a separate case.

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