Murder

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Northeast Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson on Thursday asked the court to dismiss the 1976 murder sentences of two men after an investigation by her office concluded it no longer has confidence in the evidence of the case. 

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After a string of shootings left six dead over the past four days, two Jacksonville lawmakers say it's time to declare a state of emergency.

69 Percent Of Jacksonville Murders This Year Remain Unsolved

Dec 27, 2018
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In the first 51 weeks of 2018, 128 people were killed in Jacksonville. Of those cases, 106 were classified as murders. Just 30 of the murders were cleared by arrest, and three more were closed by the death of the person who committed the crime.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the shooting death of 25-year-old Christopher Bing on August 31, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday morning.

Jacksonville Homicides Reach 117 In 2016

Dec 22, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — The death of a man found Monday evening in Panama Park brought Jacksonville's homicide total this year to 117, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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Rejecting self-defense arguments in a case that drew national attention, an appeals court Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who fatally shot a teen in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

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Attorneys for a man convicted of two Jacksonville murders, who’s scheduled to be put to death on St. Patrick's Day, are asking the Florida Supreme Court for a stay in his execution. They’re arguing that case records —including some stored in an insect-infested shed — were destroyed.

Death Row inmate Mark James Asay hasn't had a lawyer to represent him in state court for nearly a decade and had no legal representation when Gov. Rick Scott signed the warrant ordering his execution, Asay's new attorney wrote in a motion filed two weeks ago.

Lawyers for accused Jacksonville child murderer Donald Smith are trying to block the death penalty in his case in light of Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling.

The high court struck down Florida’s death sentencing procedure.


The Florida Supreme Court will decide the fate of a Jacksonville man convicted of murdering two people with a hammer.

The state is challenging a judge’s decision to throw out a jury’s recommendation that Raymond Bright be put to death.


Middleburg Couple Charged In Burning-Van Murder Of Jacksonville Man

Dec 18, 2015
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A divorced Middleburg couple charged murder of a man whose body was found in a burning car in Jennings State Forest Tuesday were ordered held without bond at a first-appearance hearing Friday. 

Joseph White, 37, and Bobbi White, 47, are charged with the murder of 35-year-old Jacksonville man Corey Lane. The Whites are also charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, arson and possession of heroin. Bobbi White faces an additional charge of possession of cocaine. They will be appointed separate attorneys and return for another hearing Jan. 13.

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Florida’s crime rate continues to drop. Florida Department of Law Enforcement data show a 2.2 percent decrease between the first half of last year and the first half of this year.

And the drop in crime was much larger in a couple of Northeast Florida counties. 


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Police records show there are around 1,300 unsolved murders in Jacksonville dating back to 1970. The city has roughly the same number of unsolved murders as the entire state of Colorado.

Some people on the First Coast are working to change investigation procedures and offer support to victims’ families.


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A coalition of clergy groups in Jacksonville is sounding the alarm about violent crime on the city’s streets.

This as the city of Baltimore is cleaning up after riots that erupted after an African-American man died in police custody, his spine nearly severed.

Faith leaders worry the same type of unrest is just under the surface here in our area.

However Pastor Mark Griffin of the city’s A.M.E. Ministers Alliance says he disagrees with calls to institute a 9 p.m. curfew in Jacksonville’s high-crime neighborhoods.

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An Eastside man has been charged with the Christmas Day murder of his girlfriend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Breon Leondre Fussell in the death of his girlfriend Shannon Woods, 22.

Fussell was arrested around 8 p.m. Thursday, shortly after police found Woods shot dead in his backyard in the 1000 block of East 12th Street.

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After months of investigation, the State Attorney’s Office will not seek criminal charges against the man who fatally shot Zachariah Tipton at a popular Jacksonville Beach restaurant.

State Attorney Angela Corey said Friday that biker club member Kristopher Stone was justified in shooting and killing Tipton, also part of a biker club, in front of Nippers Beach Grille back in June.

"We realize it's been a long time coming," Corey said.

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