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Jury Convicts Tulare Man Just 116 Days After He Murdered Spa Employee



A Tulare County jury found Jacoby Jackson, 33, guilty of murder, arson, and other charges on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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The Constitution includes the right to a speedy trial.

Jacoby Jackson booking photo

Jacoby Jackson, 33, is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 30. (Tulare County SO)

Jacoby Jackson sought that right and now he stands convicted of murdering a Tulare spa employee during a robbery on April 9 of this year.

A Tulare County jury found Jackson, 33, guilty of murder, arson, and other charges on Wednesday just 107 days after his April 18 arrest — and 116 days after the homicide.

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced Jackson’s conviction in a news release on Thursday.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 30 and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

LA Woman Murdered at Spa

On April 9, Tulare firefighters and police officers responded to 7 Day Spa on North K Street. They found a 57-year-old woman, Xiuqun Yuan, of Los Angeles, with signs of strangulation and bruising to her face and neck. She remained unconscious from the time she was found until her death days later.

According to court records, detectives relied on investigation and video surveillance footage to identify Jackson as the last person in and out of the business. He was there for nearly two hours, and smoke billowed from the spa after Jackson was seen on video leaving with a towel over his head.

Detectives also said that Jackson was seen unsuccessfully attempting to enter a nearby car with Yuan’s keys.

Arrested Near Ceres With Stolen Car

Authorities arrested Jackson nine days later near Ceres after finding him driving a stolen car.

Jackson has a prior strike offense for bank robbery, the DA’s office said.

Assistant DA Jessica Weatherly prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Tulare Police Department detective Eric Wilson.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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