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Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Judge hears arguments over public records access in Dunn case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Circuit Judge Russell Healey heard arguments Thursday morning regarding his plan to delay the release of public documents in the Michael Dunn case until he can review them.

Healey's decision followed the highly publicized release of Dunn's jailhouse letters, which many considered racially inflammatory.  

Michael David Dunn, 46, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis last November in a dispute over loud music. The case, which has generated national headlines, grew even more heated after the release of letters in the discovery process.  

Local media, including First Coast News, have asked the judge to set aside his decision, saying it would run counter to Florida's Public Records laws.

"Once the state furnishes documents to defense, they become public record," observed George Gabel of Holland & Knight, representing both media outlets.

JSO employee arrested on theft charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of one of their own Friday morning.

Cheryl Cummings, who works out of a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office substation in zone 4, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor petit theft, according to a briefing by JSO Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.

Cummings was under investigation after JSO received tips that she was allegedly stealing lost and found items turned in by members of the public, Senterfitt detailed.

JSO, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an internal, undercover investigation into the alleged thefts.

Undercover officers allegedly handed in a purse valued at $60 to $100 to the substation where Cummings is employed. JSO claims Cummings was later spotted on surveillance video taking the purse to her car, where the bag allegedly sat for two to three weeks before investigators lost track of it.

JSO investigating double shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a double shooting that took place late Thursday night near N. Main Street.

A woman was found shot in the foot in the 7100 block of W. 38th Street, according to Detective Erik Jones with JSO.

A second male victim was found nearby with multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to an area hospital in life threatening condition, according to JSO.

Det. Jones said it is unclear at this time if the shootings are related and an investigation is underway.

JSO has not named a suspect in this case.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email them at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.