Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Elderly

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Elderly

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A woman found with jewelry stained with the blood of a 73-year-old Jacksonville stabbing victim has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Melonise Alexander pleaded guilty to killing Odessa Hunt-McCoy, who befriended a homeless Alexander and let the younger woman stay in her home on Eaverson Street. When Alexander was found two days after Hunt-McCoy was discovered dead on Feb. 25, 2008, she still had jewelry with the older woman's blood on it, according to the State Attorney's Office.

The jewelry found on Alexander belonged to Hunt-McCoy, who wore the pieces all the time, a witness said at the time.

Alexander was arrested twice before on charges of battery on a person older than 65. Once was a month before her 2008 arrest and once in 2001. Charges were dropped in both cases.

Dana Treen


One man who died and a second who was hospitalized in critical condition in a shooting Sunday in Jacksonville have been identified.

Basem Alkhoury, 56, of the 6200 block of Barnes Road was killed in the 6:30 p.m. shooting in the 5400 block of North Robert Scott Drive, police said. Mourhaf Alkhoury, 49, who lived at the house in the Spring Glen neighborhood, was taken to Shands Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The men, who a witness said were relatives, were found lying on the driveway of the house. Police said Sunday they did not believe other assailants were involved. No other details about the shooting were released by police.

Dana Treen


A woman found bleeding to death in the driveway of an Oaklane Drive home has been identified as Deliah King, 46, of Jacksonville.

King, of the 5000 block of Poppy Drive in Murray Hill, died following the reports of screaming and gunshots about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. She was found in the Oaklane driveway in Wesconnett.

Scott Butler


A man fatally shot in an apparent robbery Friday has been identified. …

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