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Police Briefs 2/17/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 2/16/22

Pennsylvania murder suspect caught during traffic stop in Orange ParkORANGE PARK – A man wanted in Pennsylvania for murder and robbery was arrested in Clay County during a routine traffic stop, …

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Police Briefs 2/17/22


Pennsylvania murder suspect caught during traffic stop in Orange Park

ORANGE PARK – A man wanted in Pennsylvania for murder and robbery was arrested in Clay County during a routine traffic stop, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sean Devant Williams, 29, of Orange Park, originally was charged with possession of marijuana after deputies discovered it in his car during a stop on Feb. 8 for driving along Blanding Boulevard at 10:50 p.m. without his headlights.
During the stop, Williams provided the deputy with a fictitious name of Keshon West and a false birthday that would have made him five years younger.
Williams then admitted to having marijuana in his console, CCSO said. He was arrested for having 7.2 grams of marijuana and for providing a false identity. Once at the Clay County Jail, the agency still wasn’t able to identify him through his tattoos or with a live-scan.
CCSO eventually identified him as Williams and learned he had an outstanding warrant for conspiracy, robbery, murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Osage, Pennsylvania, after a man was shot to death in the street on Sept. 22, 2021. Williams lived in Philadelphia at the time of the murder, according to Philadelphia County officials.
Williams and another man identified as Kyle Smith were accused of shooting the 47-year-old man. One of the men then ran into a home and didn’t come out until he surrendered to the SWAT team.
Williams is being held in the Clay County Jail without bond until he can be extradited back to Philadelphia.

Third person arrested for January ambush killing

ORANGE PARK – A third suspect was arrested on Feb. 11 following an ambush on Claremont Avenue that left a 17-year-old Orange Park High student dead.
Christopher Walters, 18, was charged with second-degree murder after detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office used video surveillance to connect him to three juveniles – Andrew Neeper, Dejerrick Gillum and Deashaun Green – who also were part of the apparent plot to kill Jandel Rodriguez to settle a dispute between one of the juveniles and the victim.
The 17-year-old was shot in the chest on a walking trail.
According to the arrest report, Neeper called Walters to bring bullets to a fast-food restaurant on Blanding Boulevard on the day of the shooting. Walters said he knew about the plan to ambush Rodriquez and he was supposed to serve as a lookout during the shooting.
Walters remained as the Clay County Jail without bond.

Jacksonville man faces litany of drug, weapons charges after traffic stop

ORANGE PARK – What started as a traffic stop turned into a major drug and weapons arrest on Feb. 13 on Wells Road.
Cory Sinclair Cowart, 43, was pulled over at 2:58 a.m. for running through a sign, then driving erratically, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were suspicious after he rolled over to the passenger side of the car “in what appeared to be an effort (to) either retrieve an item, or conceal it,” according to the arrest report.
CCSO employed the services of K-9 Ory, who alerted deputies of a handgun between the driver’s and passenger’s seat. By the time the search was completed, Cowart was charged with possession of methamphetamine, ecstasy and drug paraphernalia, as well as possession and concealment of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Cowart’s bond was set at $205,014.

State agriculture officer from Middleburg killed in I-95 crash

YULEE – A Florida Agriculture Law Enforcement Office was killed on Feb. 12 in Nassau County after his patrol car was struck on I-95 as he crossed the interstate.
James McWhorter, 31, was attempted to cross the southbound lane at mile marker 380 when he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by 50-year-old man from Hilliard.
McWhorter was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver and three other passengers were taken to UF Health of Jacksonville with minor to moderate injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Man wanted in North Carolina caught in Keystone Heights

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man wanted for violating his probation in North Carolina was tracked down and arrested on Nov. 14 at a fast-food restaurant in Keystone Heights.
Joshua Isiah Dockery, 33, was caught while working at the restaurant. North Carolina officials said he violated his probation after being convicted of indecent liberty with a child
Until he’s sent back to North Carolina, Dockery will remain at the Clay County Jail without bond.