James Howard Jackson, the man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker, mistakenly got out of jail


The man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year has been released from prison due to a clerical error, NBC Los Angeles reported.

James Howard Jackson, 18, one of three men charged in the shooting and robbery of dog walker Ryan Fischer, was released from court on Wednesday after records showed charges against him had been dropped.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the dismissed charges were supposed to have been replaced by an unsealed replacement grand jury indictment at Wednesday’s hearing. However, it appears the replacement case has not been brought against Jackson, sources familiar with the matter told NBCLA.

Jackson was arrested in April 2021 along with 19-year-old Jaylin White and 27-year-old Lafayette Whaley. Each was charged with attempted murder and theft for the dogs-for-cash program, prosecutors say.

Two other people – Jennifer McBride, 50, and Harold White – have been charged with participating in the crime, officials said. All suspects except McBride are believed to have gang ties.

Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer was hospitalized after the shooting.
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Police said at the time of their arrest that the suspects did not know Lady Gaga owned the dogs.

They grabbed two of Gaga’s dogs, and Fischer was seriously injured in the violent robbery in which Jackson shot him in the chest.

After Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the puppies ‘no questions asked’, the group recruited McBride to act as a ‘hero’ to show up at an LAPD station with the dogs claiming she had found the two puppies. She never received the award after officials became suspicious of her story.

Gaga, meanwhile, was reunited with her dogs as the cops pieced together the story, linking McBride to the others.

Fischer suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung, and was hospitalized for nearly a month. He has since said he was traumatized by the experience.

Lady Gaga's dog is picked up by her bodyguard at the Hollywood LAPD station after an earlier shooting in Hollywood where her dog walker was robbed and shot multiple times.
Lady Gaga’s dog is picked up by her bodyguard at the Hollywood LAPD station after an earlier shooting in Hollywood where her dog walker was robbed and shot multiple times.
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