The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office of the Second Judicial Circuit-Quincy, announced last Wednesday that 27-year-old Dekendrick Lamar Ford has been charged in the 2011 homicide of a 23-year-old mother of two, Teresa Manuel. Ford, who was 23 at the time, was indicted for killing Manuel, his live-in girlfriend, after a dispute.
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An overflow crowd of concerned citizens packed the Bill McGill Library conference room in Quincy last week to voice their opinions about a proposed paved bicycle trail planned between Quincy and Havana. [Full Story »]
U.S. 90, the highway James Harold Thompson said led him down the path of life, was named in his honor last Thursday afternoon in an outdoor ceremony featuring many friends, family and dignitaries.
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They lost everything. Suwander Moore had just gotten home from work Monday, April 13th and was leaving their apartment to go pick up the kids, who were being cared for by their father, David Ales.
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Sheriff Morris Young’s petition to stop a hearing to “show cause” why he should not be held in contempt of court for allowing furloughts to inmates has been denied by the 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA).
According to DCA documents, the sheriff’s position is that the bond orders at issue are not sufficiently “clear and definite” to place the sheriff on notice of what conduct is prohibited.
The state argued that first appearances, where bonds and other requirements are set by a judge, were in fact a court order.
The sheriff asserts the document states that dismissal is required because he cannot be held in indirect criminal contempt of court because the bond orders do not specifically state that furloughs are not allowed.
In response the three panel DCA judges wrote: “Whether the court orders at issue are sufficiently clear, and that the sheriff intentionally violated them, are issues of proof for another day after the trial court has held a full evidentiary hearing and otherwise complied with due process. As such, we affirm the trial court’s order only to the extent it finds a basis for the State to pursue its case, and remand to that court for further proceedings.”
All three judges concurred with the decision. It will be up to Senior Judge Julian Collins as to when the hearing will be held.
The Quincy Police Department issued the following information concerning a Tuesday, April 21 homicide:
On Tuesday, April 21st at approximately 7 PM Quincy police responded to 15 W. Clark Street in Quincy following a request to check on the welfare of a family member.
While officers checked the exterior of the home for signs of the family member’s presence the mother, fearing foul play, broke a window to the home. As she was breaking the window a man, later identified as Gregory Sapp, Jr., jumped out a rear window of the home and fled into a wooded area.
At this same time two juvenile children being held against their will, emerged from the home unharmed.
Officers checked the home and found the family member, identified as Keyonda Collier, 33, deceased.
Quincy Police Lt. Eric Howell and his K-9 partner “Figo” began a track to locate the suspect. After tracking for approximately 15 minutes, Gregory Sapp, Jr. was located and taken into custody.
Quincy police were assisted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and also called in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for forensics and investigative assistance.
Gregory Sapp, Jr., 24, confessed to the murder and was charged with homicide, false imprisonment and resisting arrest without violence.
Police believe at this time that the victim and Sapp were involved in a relationship and may have been staying together.
This investigation is still open and active. Additional charges are likely. The Florida Department of Corrections’ website indicates Sapp was recently released from prison in March of 2015.
Sapp, no relation to Quincy Police Chief Glenn Sapp, is being held in the Gadsden County Jail.
Anyone with information about this case or the activities of the victim and suspect leading up to Tuesday, are asked to contact Quincy police at (850) 627-7111.
At about 5:30 p.m., smoke was reported billowing from Havana Heights Building E. As firefighters from the Havana, Concord and Midway Volunteer Fire Departments arrived, flames could be seen shooting up inside of the building.
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Former Gadsden County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Corder has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison followed by one year of controlled supervision.
Corder was in court for sentencing under US Federal Judge Mark Walker who after hearing several hours of arguments from both the federal prosecuting attorney and defense attorney pronounced his sentence.
Like the state court system, prison time is graded based on the offense and background of the person convicted.
Judge Walker went beyond the recommended guidelines of 15 to 21 months for Corder when he gave him the 30 months.
Corder’s conviction was for violating the civil rights of an arrestee (1 count), obstruction of justice (1 count), and making false statements in a federal investigation (3 counts).
Those charges carried up to 26 years in prison.
The following is a statement from Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young: “From the inception of this case our office worked to facilitate a thorough and fair investigation of the facts. As sheriff, I hold those within my administration to high standards and now that the judicial process has been completed we will continue to move forward as an organization accountable to a community.”
There will be more on this sentencing in the April 16 issue of The Herald.