Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Found Guilty of Murder; He Faces Life in Prison for a Shooting Death at an Apartment Complex

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Found Guilty of Murder; He Faces Life in Prison for a Shooting Death at an Apartment Complex

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A Jacksonville jury found Eugene Lorenzo Lucas guilty Thursday night of first-degree murder and the attempted murder of a police officer in a 2007 shooting and subsequent gunfight with police.

Lucas, 20, faces a mandatory life prison term. Circuit Judge Linda McCallum scheduled a hearing Monday to set a sentencing date.

Lucas sprayed 20-year-old Terry Lewis Jr. with bullets at Montecito Point apartment complex on the Southside, then exchanged gunfire with police who chased him. He was critically wounded by police after a chase that crossed the property of University Christian School.

Lucas said he thought Lewis had burglarized his apartment and testified at his trial that he was afraid of Lewis. But Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda argued there was no proof Lewis had burglarized the apartment and even if he had, that didn't give Lucas the right to shoot him.

Jurors deliberated four hours before returning guilty verdicts about 10 p.m.

Paul Pinkham

OFFICER CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT RECORD FALSIFIED

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office corrections officer was arrested Thursday after a police investigation determined records were falsified about an assault on a prisoner.

Felipe R. Garcia, 40, was charged with official misconduct.

A lieutenant was making rounds Aug. 29 when she observed a corrections officer holding a Taser to the chin of an inmate, according to the arrest report. The officer cursed at the prisoner, who was sitting down, and slapped the stationary man, the witness told police.

When the officer prepared a report on the incident, the lieutenant said he omitted details about the assault and blamed his actions on the prisoner's larger size and mental instability. The inmate was in jail for petty theft and providing false identification to police.

Chief Tara Wildes of the Duval County jail said Garcia is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the case. Garcia was hired by the Duval County jail in November 2006 and has no disciplinary history, Wildes said. …

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