Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Indicted in 2012 Strangulation; Death Was Seen as Natural Causes at First, but Later Ruled Homicide

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Indicted in 2012 Strangulation; Death Was Seen as Natural Causes at First, but Later Ruled Homicide

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The Duval County grand jury has indicted a 46-year-old man in a 2012 strangulation at the Malabar apartments and motel on New Kings Road.

The November 2012 arrest of 46-year-old Steven Paul McKenney was never announced or reported. His indictment on a first-degree murder charge happened Thursday, court records show.

The State Attorney's Office said he is charged in the June 2012 death of 47-year-old Terry Edward Blount. Police initially said Blount, who lived at Malabar, had died from natural causes but later ruled it a homicide. No other details were released.

The first-degree murder indictment means the State Attorney's Office can opt to pursue the death penalty, but it wasn't clear Thursday if it will.

Scott Butler

PEDESTRIAN CRITICAL AFTER WALKING INTO CAR

An unidentified woman was hit and critically injured Thursday afternoon when she crossed against the light on Main Street at West Duval Street downtown, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The woman was crossing as a Toyota Camry driven by a 62-year-old man was heading south on Main, Lt. George Grant said. He had the green light.

"The female, approximately 50, walked east against the walk sign" and into a vehicle, Grant said.

She was knocked to the ground and struck her head on the pavement, he said.

The woman was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where she is listed in critical condition. No citations are being filed against the driver of the Toyota because he had the green light, Grant said.

Dan Scanlan

MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE GUN, ROBS CREDIT UNION

A man claiming he had a gun early Thursday robbed the Duval Federal Credit Union at 500 S. McDuff Ave., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The man entered the credit union just before 10:30 a.m. and stood in a line of customers, then told the teller he wanted money, Sgt. Chuck Ford said.

"The suspect implied that he was armed," Ford said, noting he was seen fleeing on foot in a westerly direction down Edison Avenue.

He was described as a bearded black male with a heavy build, wearing a ball cap and a camouflage shirt, police said. The credit union is less than two blocks from Interstate 10. …

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