MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A woman arrested in September for her alleged involvement in a 2014 cold case has pled not guilty.
Bridgette Mathews had an arraignment Thursday morning where she pled not guilty to the charge of intentional murder.
“We expect to present evidence at the appropriate time to meet our burden of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Blackwood said.
In 2014, Charles ‘Bubba’ Jackson, 33, was run over by a vehicle driven by Mathews, according to Mobile County District Attorney Keith Blackwood. Jackson died from his injuries.
“We know that Mathew’s and the victim were acquainted with one another,” Blackwood said.
Blackwood said Jackson’s body had been hidden at another location and had never been found.
Because there was no body, Blackwood said investigators with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office had to rely on witnesses and physical evidence to secure a murder indictment by a Grand Jury for Mathews.
“There were a lot of witnesses that are involved, you know, some of those witnesses, a period of year ago were not willing to cooperate,” Blackwood said. “We were able to secure their cooperation through our work with the sheriff’s office.”
Jackson had been reported missing since May 23,2014. He last communication with anyone was when he texted out the word “Help.”
“This has been a long time coming,” Blackwood said.
Mathews had already been in Mobile Metro Jail on an escape charge and was rebooked on the murder charge. Jackson has not been seen since May 23, 2014.
“This is absolutely not the end of the case. We still expect further arrests to be made in this case. It is an ongoing investigation,” Blackwood said. “We are getting closer and closer, minute by minute to critical pieces of evidence that we need in this case in order to prosecute other defendants.”
Mathews is expected back in court on Jan. 11, 2024.
Blackwood said more arrests are expected to be made.