The State Legal professional’s Workplace for the Eighth Judicial Circuit introduced on Friday the indictment by the Fall Time period Grand Jury of 5 Gainesville men on numerous charges, together with first diploma murder, in two separate cases.
Within the first case, Alderious White, 29, Jason Travis Ward, 38, and Patrick Owen Watson, 49, all face first-degree murder charges in the loss of life of D’halani Armstrong throughout a home invasion robbery on July 19, 2022.
White and Ward have been beforehand indicted in the case however Chief of Investigations Darry Lloyd stated the charges have been up to date this week.
White, Ward and Watson additionally face charges of housebreaking whereas armed with a firearm/house invasion theft, solicitation to commit house invasion theft with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In line with the preliminary report, the taking pictures occurred round 7 a.m. on July 19 on the house of Dovico Miles, 2017 NE sixteenth St. in Gainesville.
Court docket data say White and Ward broke into the house however have been met by Miles, who wrestled a gun away from one of many suspects and hid it in his house. Police later charged Miles with tampering with proof and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. These charges, nonetheless, have been later dropped, courtroom data present.
Pictures from each side rang out, killing Armstrong and hitting each White and Ward.
As soon as GPD arrived on the scene, officers carried out in depth life-saving procedures on White, Ward and Armstrong earlier than they have been transported to a close-by hospital, in response to the report.
It was later decided that White and Ward and a 3rd particular person — a driver — have been despatched to the house by Watson, in response to a sworn criticism. The criticism alleges that Watson organized and ready the others to acquire narcotics, cash and jewellery from inside the house.
Second taking pictures case
Within the second case, the grand jury indicted Aziel Dejayn Brown Gainey, 21, and Jerquay Lavon Freeman, 18, in the Sept. 1, 2022, taking pictures loss of life of Romeo Sheppard.
Gainey and Freeman each face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In line with the report, regulation enforcement officers responded to the Gardenia Gardens Residences, 1731 NE Eighth Ave., following a report that somebody had been shot. Officers discovered Sheppard in the motive force’s seat of a white Volkswagen Jetta with a number of gunshot wounds. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
Surveillance video from the residence advanced reportedly exhibits Gainey and Freeman open fireplace as they strategy the motive force’s facet of the Volkswagen. The report says that each Gainey and Freeman fired pictures at Sheppard, who was unarmed and seated in the car with the window down.
The report notes that Freeman later mentioned the murder with an inmate throughout a telephone name on the Alachua County Jail.
Starke murder case
The State Legal professional’s Workplace additionally introduced on Friday that Ted’Qwon Lee McCowan, 21, was discovered responsible of first-degree murder on Thursday after a three-day trial.
McCowan was convicted in the Nov. 5, 2021, taking pictures loss of life of Joshua Christopher Demps in Starke. McCowan reportedly shot Demps following a verbal altercation in a car. The report says that Demps exited from the motive force’s seat, after which McCowan excited from the passenger facet and shot Demps in the pinnacle.
McCown’s sentencing listening to can be held March 1.
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