Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 More Face Charges in Triple Killing; More Counts May Come from a Grand Jury

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 More Face Charges in Triple Killing; More Counts May Come from a Grand Jury

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Two Jacksonville men barricaded themselves inside a home for more than an hour Friday before they were arrested on murder charges in the Dec. 21 shooting deaths of three people at a Kingsland apartment complex, police said.

Negotiators ultimately convinced Roderick Devard Taylor, 18, and Robert Leonard Brown, 20, to surrender, and officers took them into custody on three felony murder charges, said Todd Tetterton, a Kingsland police spokesman. Tetterton said the address of the standoff was not immediately available.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Kingsland police, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service participated in the arrests in Jacksonville.

Kingsland police also announced the arrest of another Jacksonville man on Jan. 10 in the case. The suspect, Joseph Stuckey, 19, was extradited to Camden County from Ohio, where he was attending college, and charged with conspiracy to purchase cocaine. Tetterton said he cannot say what Stuckey's role was in the shooting deaths because the investigation is still ongoing.

A fourth Jacksonville man, Abdul R. Bessent, 20, was arrested late Wednesday and charged with three counts of felony murder and one count of burglary.

All four suspects could face additional charges once the case is presented before a Camden County grand jury on Wednesday, Tetterton said.

Investigators are also seeking others for questioning in the case. Tetterton said he could not say whether they played a role in the shooting deaths or had information that could help investigators. He declined to provide names, saying there was a risk they could flee if they knew police were looking for them.

The shootings at the Sea Parc apartment complex, located one mile west of Interstate 95 off Georgia 40, unsettled residents in the relatively low-crime city.

Witnesses said they saw two men leave the apartment complex after the shootings, but three men -- Bessent, Brown and Taylor -- face three counts each of felony murder. …

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