Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Avoids Death Row for Third Time; First-Degree Murder Charge Dropped, but He'll Spend Rest of Life in Prison

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Avoids Death Row for Third Time; First-Degree Murder Charge Dropped, but He'll Spend Rest of Life in Prison

Article excerpt

Byline: Larry Hannan

A Jacksonville man accused of multiple murders has avoided Death Row for the third time but will spend the rest of his life in prison for multiple murders.

Prosecutors last week dropped a first-degree murder charge against 29-year-old DeShawn Leon Green in the death of Bryan Clemons, 23, who was gunned down in April 2009 as he sat in a chair in a home on West 13th Street.

Green has already been convicted of first-degree murder in two other cases and sentenced to life without parole in each.

Defense attorney Shawn Arnold declined to get into details of why the charge was dropped.

State attorney spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard said prosecutors were confident Green could be convicted in Clemons' murder but chose to drop the case because of how an acquittal might affect his previous two convictions. Prosecutors introduced evidence about the Clemons shooting in both of the previous trials, and if Green somehow was acquitted of his murder it would give his attorneys grounds to appeal the previous convictions, Barnard said.

Police and prosecutors have said Clemons' killing was the result of an ongoing dispute between two groups of men from Green's Grand Park neighborhood and the nearby Flag Street area.

The dispute began in November 2008 when the two groups fought over a drink thrown while at a nightclub. The next day, Clemons' brother, Jerry, was slain in a drive-by shooting at West 14th and Canal streets.

Green was arrested, along with two other men, Eric Andrews, 29, and Demarcus Johnson, 25. Andrews has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but has not yet been sentenced. Johnson is still awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges.

Green was first convicted in the August 2009 shooting of Willie Golden, 28, in a home on West 26th Street.

Prosecutors said Green killed Golden in retaliation for a drive-by shooting on a drug house that Green ran. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.