ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 24 -- Law enforcement officers said Friday they wouldn't confirm whether condemned killer Richard Allen Jackson was a suspect in other murders, but they said they would look into the possibility. A prosecutor has told Jackson he was a suspect in two other slayings and would 'see him in court.' A Superior Court jury sentenced Jackson to death Wednesday for raping and killing a female jogger last year. The same panel Monday found Jackson guilty of kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder in the Oct. 31, 1994 death of Karen Styles near a popular park outside Asheville. The jury was out only one hour Monday afternoon before rejecting defense claims that said Jackson, 26, was insane and unable to tell the difference between right and wrong. After the death sentence was pronounced, Assistant District Attorney Kate Dreher said she told Jackson he was a suspect in two other slayings. 'I will not confirm or substantiate these statements which I really don't understand whether they were made in haste or in anger by Kate Dreher,' Police Capt. Pat Hefner said. 'But as with any convicted murderer of this magnitude we will certainly be taking a closer look at the unsolved cases.' Dreher spoke to reporters in a courtroom hallway shortly after her exchange with Jackson. 'On the way out of the courtroom Richard Jackson turned to me and said 'see you in Superior Court,' demonstrating he knows his appellate rights,' Dreher said. And I responded, 'yeah, we'll see you in court on two other murders we suspect you of.'
' 'We have two unsolved murders involving women whose bodies were discovered in wooded areas and who had been shot,' she said later. 'He has not been ruled out as a suspect and he was at the age at the time the murders occurred to be considered a suspect,' she said. Seven killings are unsolved in Buncomb County. and Dreher would not say which murders may involve Jackson, but she was heard telling him, '...and Pamela Murray, too.' Murray, an industrial engineer, was 23-years-old when she was abducted from a parking lot on the Asheville Mall on Valentine's Day in 1987. Murray's body had gunshot wounds to her head and back and was found on a deserted road in a wooded area in Oteen, N.C., later that day. The only other unsolved murder similar to Styles was that of Beverly Sherman, a 17-year-old convicted prostitute who was last seen Jan. 20, 1987, getting into a car behind the Asheville Civic Center. Authorities said she was killed that day by someone who shot her in the head. Her body was not found until April 26. 'Styles' murder does not look like someone's first offense. It was too organized and well planned. We expect the investigation to continue, ' Dreher said.