Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man, 33, Convicted in Westside Ax Murders; He'd Been a Confidential Informant against One of the Victims on Dealing Drugs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man, 33, Convicted in Westside Ax Murders; He'd Been a Confidential Informant against One of the Victims on Dealing Drugs

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

A Jacksonville jury found Jason Andrew Simpson, 33, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder Monday in the brutal ax murders of a Westside couple in July 1999.

The jury, which deliberated a little more than two hours after a five-day trial, will return to court before Circuit Judge Charles W. Arnold on Feb. 6 to hear testimony in the sentencing phase. Simpson will either be sentenced to death or to life in prison.

Archie Howard Crook Sr., 38, and his girlfriend, Kimberli Michelle Kimbler, 29, were found by Crook's father hacked to death and nearly decapitated in their home. Kimbler was six months' pregnant with the couple's son.

The prosecutors, Assistant State Attorneys Mark Caliel and Melissa Nelson, told the jury that police were immediately suspicious of Simpson, who had dealt drugs with Crook but also worked as a confidential informant for police to build a case against him. The motive was Simpson's fear that Crook had learned of his cooperation with police, they said. …

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