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UPDATE: Guilty verdict in Ashleigh Jacobs murder trial

Ashleigh Jacobs
Posted at 9:30 AM, Apr 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-24 14:32:54-04

UPDATE (April 24, 2013 - 4:45 P.M.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --The jury has found Jarvis McBride guilty of first degree murder.

Ashleigh Jacobs' family has written a letter to the judge. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is reading that letter now to the judge.

When asked for a response in court, Jarvis McBride said "I ain't got nothing to say."

McBride has been sentenced to life in prison.


UPDATE (April 24, 2013 - 11:21 A.M.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Expert witnesses are taking the stand in the second day of a murder trial against Jarvis McBride.

McBride is facing the death penalty for the March 2012 shooting death of Ashleigh Jacobs.

Sixteen people testified Tuesday, including two of McBride's cousins who were with him and Jacobs the night of her death.

So far Wednesday two expert witnesses have testified.

Dr. Anthony Clark is an expert pathologist. He spoke to the jury about the actual gunshot wounds found on Ashleigh Jacobs' body. Jurors were shown diagrams and x-rays of the wounds along with photos of Jacobs' body. Dr. Clarke reenacted actual motions that could have possibly caused the wounds.

Jeff Foggy with Florida Department of Law Enforcement also testified about the murder weapon, a .22 caliber revolver. The gun was found by Leon County Sheriff Crime Scene Technician, Detective John Simpson. A pair of keys were also found buried in the dirt about 200 to 300 yards from Jacob's car where her body was found at the Leon County Trash Transfer Site on Gum Road.

Closing arguments are expected later this afternoon.

Stay with WTXL.tv and ABC27HD on air for continuing coverage.

 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- It's day one in a trial against a Tallahassee man accused of murdering a mother and leaving her body in her car near the Leon County Trash Transfer site.

Sixteen people have testified so far in the trial against Jarvis McBride. He's charged with the March 2012 murder of Ashleigh Jacobs, 26.

Her body was found in her car March 10, 2012. Investigators say Ashleigh was shot several times and left for dead in her car at the Leon County Trash Transfer Site on Gum Road.

Prosecutors say McBride met Jacobs at a party at a friend's house on Nekoma Street in Tallahassee.

According to a Probable Cause report, "He (McBride) said he did not know her prior to this night. He explained that he was outside his residence at 1845 Nekoma Court smoking a cigarette. Ms. Jacobs approached him after speaking to another unknown black male asking if he had any powder cocaine to sell. He told her that he did not but knew how to go get some. She agree and he stated that he drove her out to his mother's house. McBride stated that he bought a twenty dollar baggie of powder cocaine and she bought a ten dollar baggie of powder cocaine. He explained that after receiving the cocaine they drove away with Ms. Jacobs driving. They stopped by the Circle K store to buy cigarettes before Mr. McBride was dropped off at his residence. Mr. Bride stated that once he got out of the car he went inside the residence where he stayed for the rest of the night."

McBride reportedly told investigators he had nothing to do with Jacobs' mruder.

McBride is facing first degree murder charge. Investigators say they were able to link the murder to McBride using forensic evidence.

TAKING THE STAND

In the first of the two-day trial, 16 people testified for the jury.

Terrance Carter, an employee of the Leon County Trash Transfer Station on Gum Road told the jury that the day Jacobs' body was found in her car he was flagged down by a man who was mute and deaf. Carter told the jury that the man wrote a note saying "lady" and "blood", showed it to Carter, then pointed towards a car in the driveway to the trash transfer site.

That's where Jacobs' body was found, inside of her green, four-door car.

Jarvis McBride's two cousins, Lance Dickey and Jeremy Williams, were also called to the stand. They told the jury that they met McBride and Jacobs on Tower Road on the night of Jacobs' murder. Dickey told the jury that Jacobs was too drunk to drive so he started driving her car and they went to a place near Lake Bradford Road called the chicken shack.

Dickey told the jury that Jacobs stayed in the car for a while before leaving later with McBride.

Another man, Wade Wilson testified to seeing Jacobs with several men at the chicken shack. Wilson reportedly told the jury that Jacobs looked "pretty messed up".

Dickey and Williams told jurors that when they got back to McBride's home later, McBride was at home. Williams and Dickey both deny ever going to Gum Road the night of Jacobs' murder.

While prosecutors say they have the evidence to prove McBride murdered Jacobs, defense attorneys say one of the other men's DNA was found in Jacobs car and there is no DNA evidence linking McBride to the gun used to kill Jacobs.

Closing arguments are expected to take place on Wednesday.