Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slaying Suspect Surrenders

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slaying Suspect Surrenders

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Jacksonville Beach police arrested a 31-year-old Jacksonville man early Monday on charges he beat his ex-mother-in-law to death.

Joseph Tyrone Brown of Annandale Drive surrendered to police about 6 a.m. Monday. Police had been looking for him as a suspect in the death of Pamela Jean Cross, 51, who was found badly injured on the floor of her apartment in the 900 block of First Avenue South after neighbors called police Sunday morning about a violent disturbance.

Cross, who suffered severe facial trauma, was taken to Shands Jacksonville, where she died, Jacksonville Beach police said.

Brown and Cross' daughter divorced in 2003, although Brown and his ex-wife had continued to live together until recently, arresting officer A.S. Dziedzicki said. Witnesses told police Brown had a history of confrontations with his former mother-in-law.

Dana Treen and Charlie Patton


A 30-year-old Navy enlisted man was arrested Monday and charged with sexual solicitation of what he thought was a 14-year-old Clay County girl.

Instead, Robert William Godwin of Jacksonville was talking with an undercover investigator with the Florida Attorney General's CyberCrime Unit.

Godwin was arrested and booked into the Clay County jail on four counts of online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony, and one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex, a second-degree felony.

Under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007, Godwin could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

He is accused of starting to chat with the undercover investigator a little more than two weeks ago and repeatedly solicited the "child" for sex, according to a news release from Attorney General Bill McCollum. After traveling to Orange Park, Godwin was arrested with the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit.

Investigators recovered a computer from Godwin's home and will have a forensic analysis conducted to see if any other children were being courted.

Jessie-Lynne Kerr


A 15-year-old Atlantic Beach girl died of injuries she suffered when the truck in which she was riding early Friday ran off the road and struck a large tree, police said. …

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