Monday, August 4, 2014

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12-year-old arrested on murder charge

Sharron Sherman Townsend
Source:  Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
By Roger Weeder, Aug. 4, 2014,

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 12-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder for the June 28 shooting death of 54-year-old Thomas Trent.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Sharron Sherman Townsend was one of two suspects seen in surveillance video from the night of Trent's death. The second suspect a 16-year-old, was picked up on an unrelated robbery charge and he helped lead police to Townsend. Trent was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a strip mall on 103rd Street.

JSO described the murder as a horrible, spontaneous event.

JSO says it has not found the gun and that robbery was not involved. Townsend was in juvenile jail behind bars Thursday night and last attended Dupont Middle, according to police reports.

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The victim, Trent, was homeless but has family in town. His sister Dawn McNabb talked to FCN Thursday.

Trent visited her at her Westside home, less than a mile from where he was killed. For the past two decades he lived on the streets after his parents died.

"Thomas he had no form of weapon, maybe a pocket knife I gave him for his birthday. Like I said he just got out of the hospital did not much of anything, someone two weeks before had robbed him of all his things so he did not have hardly anything with him," McNabb said.

JSO released few other details, but said that Townsend told them he was in the video and involved in a murder. The murder has the victim's family wanting answers and now knowing who police believe pulled the trigger.

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