Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Men Arrested after Cyclist's Death

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Men Arrested after Cyclist's Death

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********** CORRECTION July 1, 2000

Robert McDowell, who was murdered in 1987 by a white supremacist, is white. Because of incorrect information from the Florida Supreme Court, a story on Page B-3 yesterday misidentified McDowell's race.


Two Jacksonville men were arrested last night in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 46-year-old woman yesterday morning.

Donna Lacey Kelley of the 4600 block of Golden Spike Court was riding her bicycle south in the bicycle lane on Hood Road near her home when she was hit from behind about 9 a.m. as she approached Losco Road, said Sgt. Ed Coffey of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

About noon, investigators found a black 1995 four-door Nissan Altima similar to one identified in the accident in the 1700 block of The Greens Way, off Butler Boulevard.

Donald Paul Gibbens, 24, and Jason John Wirtz, 21, both of the 4200 block of Losco Road, were charged with tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

DEATH PENALTY UPHELD: The Florida Supreme Court upheld a white supremacist's death sentence yesterday for the 1987 murders of two black men in Jacksonville.

The court unanimously denied Marc J. Asay's second appeal of his convictions, rejecting his claims that the trial judge, L. Page Haddock, was biased and that his defense attorney pro- vided ineffective representation.

Asay was convicted of shooting Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell to death after an evening of drinking.

EX-JAGUAR SUES DOC: A former Jacksonville Jaguars football player has filed a lawsuit against the head team physician, accusing him of not properly treating a leg injury. …

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